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SkyWest, Inc. Reports Combined January 2012 Traffic for SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines

Friday, February 10, 2012

SkyWest, Inc. Reports Combined January 2012 Traffic for SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines12:55 EST Friday, February 10, 2012ST. GEORGE, Utah, Feb. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SkyWest, Inc., (NASDAQ: SKYW) ("SkyWest") SkyWest reported a 6.5 percent increase in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for January, while available seat miles (ASMs) increased 3.6 percent compared to January 2011. SkyWest also reported a 1.4 percent increase in departures to 112,183 for January compared to 110,602 for the same period last year. Passenger boardings for January increased 4.7 percent to 4,214,301 compared to 4,023,903 for the same period last year.  The combined airlines generated 2.21 billion RPMs for the month, while ASMs increased to 2.98 billion. Load factor was 74.3 percent compared to 72.3 percent, up 2.0 percentage points compared to January 2011.    About SkyWestSkyWest is the holding company for two scheduled passenger airline operations and an aircraft leasing company and is headquartered in St. George, Utah. SkyWest's scheduled passenger airline operations consist of SkyWest Airlines also based in St. George, Utah and ExpressJet Airlines based in Atlanta, Georgia.  SkyWest Airlines operates as United Express and Delta Connection carriers under contractual agreements with United Airlines, Inc. ("United") and Delta Air Lines, Inc. ("Delta").  SkyWest Airlines also operates as US Airways Express under a contractual agreement with US Airways, Inc., and operates flights for Alaska Airlines under a contractual agreement.  ExpressJet Airlines operates as United Express and Delta Connection carriers under contractual agreements with United and Delta. System-wide, SkyWest serves markets in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean with approximately 3,700 daily departures and a fleet of approximately 730 regional aircraft.  This press release and additional information regarding SkyWest can be accessed at www.skywest.com                                                                                FLIGHT STATISTICSSkyWest, Inc. January Traffic       20122011 % ChangePassengers 4,214,3014,023,9034.7Revenue Passenger Miles 2,212,277,1412,077,641,7236.5Available Seat Miles 2,976,832,6962,872,795,0263.6Load Factor 74.3%72.3%2.0 pts     Block Hours 183,662180,7851.6Departures 112,183110,6021.4                                                                                      SOURCE SkyWest, Inc.For further information: Investor Relations of SkyWest, Inc., +1-435-634-3203, fax, +1-435-634-3205