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SkyWest, Inc., Reports Combined August 2011 Traffic for SkyWest Airlines, Atlantic Southeast Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines

Friday, September 09, 2011

SkyWest, Inc., Reports Combined August 2011 Traffic for SkyWest Airlines, Atlantic Southeast Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines17:21 EDT Friday, September 09, 2011ST. GEORGE, Utah, Sept. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW) ("SkyWest") reported a 45.9 percent increase in departures to 125,196 for August compared to 85,788 for the same period last year. Passenger boardings for August increased 46.0 percent to 5,109,862 compared to 3,500,779 for the same period last year.  SkyWest also reported a 53.4 percent increase in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for August, while available seat miles (ASMs) increased 53.0 percent compared to August 2010.  The combined airlines generated 2.68 billion RPMs for the month, while ASMs increased to 3.32 billion. Load factor was 80.8 percent compared to 80.6 percent, up 0.2 percentage points compared to August 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 also based in St. George, Utah, Atlantic Southeast based in Atlanta, Georgia and recently acquired ExpressJet Airlines based in Houston, Texas.  SkyWest Airlines operates as United Express, and Delta Connection carriers under contractual agreements with United and Delta.  Also, SkyWest Airlines operates flights for Alaska under a contractual agreement.  Atlantic Southeast operates as United Express and Delta Connection carriers under contractual agreements with United and Delta. ExpressJet Airlines operates as Continental Express and United Express under contractual agreements with Continental Airlines, Inc. and United and is a subsidiary of Atlantic Southeast.  System-wide, SkyWest serves markets in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean with approximately 4,000 daily departures and a fleet of approximately 725 regional aircraft.  This press release and additional information regarding SkyWest can be accessed at www.skywest.com.FLIGHT STATISTICSSkyWest, Inc. August Traffic20112010% ChangePassengers5,109,8623,500,77946.0Revenue Passenger Miles2,681,927,3261,748,653,00053.4Available Seat Miles3,318,753,4172,169,194,98553.0Load Factor80.8%80.6%0.2 ptsBlock Hours200,235130,30753.7Departures125,19685,78845.9Calendar Year-To-Date20112010% ChangePassengers37,464,47925,505,05446.9Revenue Passenger Miles19,492,233,11312,682,455,72153.7Available Seat Miles24,652,787,74815,916,705,93454.9Load Factor79.1%79.7%(0.6) ptsBlock Hours1,519,353961,77258.0Departures938,650630,35048.9SOURCE SkyWest, Inc.For further information: Investor Relations, +1-435-634-3203, or Fax: +1-435-634-3205, for SkyWest, Inc.