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SkyWest, Inc., Reports Combined January Traffic for SkyWest Airlines, Atlantic Southeast Airlines, and ExpressJet Airlines.

Monday, February 14, 2011

SkyWest, Inc., Reports Combined January Traffic for SkyWest Airlines, Atlantic Southeast Airlines, and ExpressJet Airlines.17:39 EST Monday, February 14, 2011ST. GEORGE, Utah, Feb. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- SkyWest, Inc., (Nasdaq: SKYW) ("SkyWest") SkyWest reported a 50.6 percent increase in departures to 110,602 for January compared to 73,449 for the same period last year. Passenger boardings for January increased 47.0 percent to 4,023,903 compared to 2,737,931 for the same period last year.  SkyWest also reported a 51.7 percent increase in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for January, while available seat miles (ASMs) increased 53.7 percent compared to January 2010.  The combined airlines generated 2.08 billion RPMs for the month, while ASMs increased to 2.87 billion. Load factor was 72.3 percent compared to 73.3 percent, down 1.0 percentage points compared to January 2010.  The substantial increases for each of the items are due primarily to the acquisition of ExpressJet Airlines on November 12, 2010.About SkyWestSkyWest is the holding company for three scheduled passenger airline operations and an aircraft leasing company and is headquartered in St. George, Utah. SkyWest's scheduled passenger airline operations include SkyWest Airlines, Inc. ("SkyWest Airlines") also based in St. George, Utah, Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Inc. ("Atlantic Southeast") based in Atlanta, Georgia and recently acquired ExpressJet Airlines, Inc. (ExpressJet Airlines") based in Houston, Texas.  SkyWest Airlines operates as United Express and Delta Connection carriers under contractual agreements with United Airlines and Delta Air Lines.  SkyWest also operates flights for AirTran Airways under a marketing agreement.  Atlantic Southeast operates as United Express and Delta Connection carriers under contractual agreements with United Airlines and Delta Air Lines. ExpressJet Airlines operates as Continental Express and United Express under contractual agreements with Continental Airlines and United Airlines and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Atlantic Southeast.  System-wide, SkyWest serves markets in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean with approximately 3,950 daily departures and a fleet of approximately 705 regional aircraft.  This press release and additional information regarding SkyWest can be accessed at www.skywest.comFLIGHT STATISTICSSkyWest, Inc. January Traffic20112010% ChangePassengers4,023,9032,737,93147.0Revenue Passenger Miles2,077,641,7231,369,645,76351.7Available Seat Miles2,872,795,0261,868,994,02453.7Load Factor72.3%73.3%(1.0) ptsBlock Hours180,505114,65757.4Departures110,60273,44950.6SOURCE SkyWest, Inc.For further information: Michael J. Kraupp, VP Finance and Treasurer of SkyWest, Inc., +1-435-634-3212, Fax, +1-435-634-3205