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

Monday, October 10, 2011

SkyWest, Inc., Reports Combined September 2011 Traffic for SkyWest Airlines, Atlantic Southeast Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines11:34 EDT Monday, October 10, 2011ST. GEORGE, Utah, Oct. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW) ("SkyWest") reported a 43.2 percent increase in departures to 112,446 for September compared to 78,500 for the same period last year. Passenger boardings for September increased 44.4 percent to 4,586,941 compared to 3,175,783 for the same period last year.  SkyWest also reported a 51.8 percent increase in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for September, while available seat miles (ASMs) increased 49.9 percent compared to September 2010.  The combined airlines generated 2.39 billion RPMs for the month, while ASMs increased to 2.99 billion. Load factor was 79.9 percent compared to 78.9 percent, up 1.0 percentage points compared to September 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. September Traffic20112010% ChangePassengers4,586,9413,175,78344.4Revenue Passenger Miles2,387,642,7341,572,811,49551.8Available Seat Miles2,987,988,8671,992,895,69349.9Load Factor79.9%78.9%1.0 ptsBlock Hours180,120119,15451.2Departures112,44678,50043.2Calendar Year-To-Date20112010% ChangePassengers42,051,42028,680,83746.6Revenue Passenger Miles21,879,875,84714,255,267,21653.5Available Seat Miles27,640,776,61517,909,594,12754.3Load Factor79.2%79.6%           (0.4) ptsBlock Hours1,699,4721,080,92657.2Departures1,051,096708,84948.3SOURCE SkyWest, Inc.For further information: Investor Relations, +1-435-634-3203, Fax, +1-435-634-3205