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SkyWest, Inc. Reports Combined April 2012 Traffic For SkyWest Airlines And ExpressJet Airlines

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

SkyWest, Inc. Reports Combined April 2012 Traffic For SkyWest Airlines And ExpressJet Airlines18:00 EDT Tuesday, May 08, 2012ST. GEORGE, Utah, May 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SkyWest, Inc., (NASDAQ: SKYW) ("SkyWest") SkyWest reported a 4.1 percent increase in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for April, while available seat miles (ASMs) increased 0.7 percent compared to April 2011. Passenger boardings for April increased 4.7 percent to 4,757,224 compared to 4,543,391 for the same period last year.  The combined airlines generated 2.45 billion RPMs for the month, while ASMs increased to 3.03 billion. Load factor was 80.9 percent compared to 78.2 percent, up 2.7 percentage points compared to April 2011.  SkyWest also reported an increase in departures to 116,307 for April compared to 115,507 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 727 regional aircraft.  This press release and additional information regarding SkyWest can be accessed at www.skywest.com                                                     FLIGHT STATISTICSSkyWest, Inc. April Traffic20122011% ChangePassengers4,757,2244,543,3914.7Revenue Passenger Miles2,448,257,6002,350,861,2214.1Available Seat Miles3,027,543,1383,007,961,3280.7Load Factor80.978.22.7 ptsBlock Hours186,178186,673(0.3)Departures116,307115,5070.7                                                                                                                    Calendar Year-To-Date20122011% ChangePassengers18,123,47017,100,4516.0Revenue Passenger Miles9,387,170,3108,799,017,1426.7Available Seat Miles12,031,025,52311,614,964,8883.6Load Factor78.075.82.2 ptsBlock Hours742,599726,5822.2Departures457,447447,8822.1                                                                                   SOURCE SkyWest, Inc.For further information: Investor Relations, +1-435-634-3203, Fax, +1-435-634-3205