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

Thursday, December 08, 2011

SkyWest, Inc., Reports Combined November 2011 Traffic for SkyWest Airlines, Atlantic Southeast Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines17:31 EST Thursday, December 08, 2011ST. GEORGE, Utah, Dec. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW) ("SkyWest") reported a 10.8 percent increase in departures to 108,924 for November compared to 98,298 for the same period last year. Passenger boardings for November increased 12.4 percent to 4,450,215 compared to 3,957,560 for the same period last year.  SkyWest also reported a 15.9 percent increase in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for November, while available seat miles (ASMs) increased 14.3 percent compared to November 2010.  The combined airlines generated 2.34 billion RPMs for the month, while ASMs increased to 2.91 billion. Load factor was 80.3 percent compared to 79.2 percent, up 1.1 percentage points compared to November 2010.  The substantial increases for the year-to-date numbers below 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 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 727 regional aircraft.  This press release and additional information regarding SkyWest can be accessed at www.skywest.com.FLIGHT STATISTICSSkyWest, Inc. November Traffic     20112010% ChangePassengers 4,450,2153,957,56012.4Revenue Passenger Miles 2,335,053,6572,014,453,57615.9Available Seat Miles 2,907,679,8622,542,989,17414.3Load Factor 80.3%79.2%1.1 pts     Block Hours 177,057156,19613.4Departures 108,92498,29810.8 Calendar Year-To-Date   20112010% ChangePassengers 51,283,77735,944,97442.7Revenue Passenger Miles 26,704,812,76417,911,248,80149.1Available Seat Miles 33,635,966,90822,518,740,56549.4Load Factor 79.4%79.5%           (0.1) pts     Block Hours 2,061,8971,360,09951.6Departures 1,276,010887,66543.7   SOURCE SkyWest, Inc.For further information: Investor Relations, +1-435-634-3203, Fax +1-435-634-3205