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

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

SkyWest, Inc. Reports Combined February 2012 Traffic for SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines13:05 EDT Tuesday, March 13, 2012ST. GEORGE, Utah, March 13, 2012  /PRNewswire/ -- SkyWest, Inc., (NASDAQ: SKYW) ("SkyWest") SkyWest reported a 12.4 percent increase in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for February, while available seat miles (ASMs) increased 10.0 percent compared to February 2011. SkyWest also reported a 7.8 percent increase in departures to 107,469 for February compared to 99,698 for the same period last year. Passenger boardings for February increased 10.8 percent to 4,170,431 compared to 3,765,343 for the same period last year.  The combined airlines generated 2.15 billion RPMs for the month, while ASMs increased to 2.83 billion. Load factor was 76.1 percent compared to 74.5 percent, up 1.6 percentage points compared to February 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. February Traffic       20122011% ChangePassengers 4,170,4313,765,34310.8Revenue Passenger Miles 2,152,425,4961,914,121,38912.4Available Seat Miles 2,826,910,8932,568,865,01210.0Load Factor 76.174.51.6 pts     Block Hours 175,604161,6218.7Departures 107,46999,6987.8                                                                                                                   Calendar Year-To-Date       20122011 % ChangePassengers 8,384,7327,789,2467.6Revenue Passenger Miles 4,364,702,6373,991,763,1129.3Available Seat Miles 5,803,743,5895,441,660,0386.7Load Factor 75.273.4          1.8 pts     Block Hours 359,266342,4064.9Departures 219,652210,3004.4 SOURCE SkyWest, Inc.For further information: Investor Relations, +1-435-634-3203, fax, +1-435-634-3205