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

Monday, January 09, 2012

SkyWest, Inc. Reports Combined December 2011 Traffic for SkyWest Airlines, Atlantic Southeast Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines13:40 EST Monday, January 09, 2012ST. GEORGE, Utah, Jan. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW) ("SkyWest") reported a 3.8 percent increase in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for December, while available seat miles (ASMs) increased 2.6 percent compared to December 2010.  The combined airlines generated 2.40 billion RPMs for the month, while ASMs increased to 3.06 billion. Passenger boardings for December increased 1.9 percent to 4,552,494 compared to 4,466,253 for the same period last year.  SkyWest also reported a .4 percent increase in departures to 114,513 for December compared to 114,102 for the same period last year.  Load factor was 78.5 percent compared to 77.6 percent, up .9 percentage points compared to December 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 STATISTICS SkyWest, Inc. December Traffic       20112010% ChangePassengers 4,552,4944,466,2531.9Revenue Passenger Miles 2,404,226,5262,316,018,6123.8Available Seat Miles 3,062,891,9932,985,104,5902.6Load Factor 78.5%77.6%.9 pts     Block Hours 188,383187,464.5Departures 114,513114,102.4                                                                                   Calendar Year-To-Date       20112010% ChangePassengers 55,836,27140,411,08938.2Revenue Passenger Miles 29,109,039,29020,227,219,87243.9Available Seat Miles 36,698,858,90125,503,845,15543.9Load Factor 79.3%79.3%           0 pts     Block Hours 2,250,2801,547,56245.4Departures 1,390,5231,001,76638.8  SOURCE SkyWest, Inc.For further information: Investor Relations, +1-435-634-3203, or Fax, +1-435-634-3205