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

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

SkyWest, Inc. Reports Combined March 2012 Traffic for SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines17:04 EDT Tuesday, April 10, 2012ST. GEORGE, Utah, April 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SkyWest, Inc., (NASDAQ: SKYW) ("SkyWest") SkyWest reported a 4.8 percent increase in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for March, while available seat miles (ASMs) increased 1.1 percent compared to March 2011. Passenger boardings for March increased 4.5 percent to 4,981,514 compared to 4,767,814 for the same period last year.  The combined airlines generated 2.57 billion RPMs for the month, while ASMs increased to 3.20 billion. Load factor was 80.5 percent compared to 77.6 percent, up 2.9 percentage points compared to March 2011.  SkyWest also reported a slight decrease in departures to 121,488 for March compared to 122,075 for the same period last year.  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 3,900 daily departures and a fleet of approximately 721 regional aircraft.  This press release and additional information regarding SkyWest can be accessed at www.skywest.com                                                                                              FLIGHT STATISTICSSkyWest, Inc. March Traffic20122011 % ChangePassengers4,981,5144,767,8144.5Revenue Passenger Miles2,574,210,0732,456,392,8094.8Available Seat Miles3,199,738,7963,165,343,5221.1Load Factor80.577.62.9 ptsBlock Hours197,155197,504(0.2)Departures121,488122,075(0.5)                                                                                     Calendar Year-To-Date20122011 % ChangePassengers13,366,24612,557,0606.4Revenue Passenger Miles6,938,912,7106,448,155,9217.6Available Seat Miles9,003,482,3858,607,003,5604.6Load Factor77.174.9           2.2 ptsBlock Hours556,421539,9103.1Departures341,140332,3752.6SOURCE SkyWest, Inc.For further information: Investor Relations, St. George, UT 84790, +1-435-634-3203, Fax: +1-435-634-3205