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

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

SkyWest, Inc. Reports Combined August 2012 Traffic For SkyWest Airlines And ExpressJet Airlines14:37 EDT Tuesday, September 11, 2012ST. GEORGE, Utah, Sept. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SkyWest, Inc., (NASDAQ: SKYW) ("SkyWest") passenger boardings for August increased 6.5 percent to 5,442,243 compared to 5,109,862 for the same period last year.  SkyWest also reported a 3.7 percent increase in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for August, while available seat miles (ASMs) increased 1.3 percent compared to August 2011. The combined airlines generated 2.7 billion RPMs for the month, while ASMs increased to 3.36 billion. Load factor increased to 82.7 compared to 80.8 in August 2011.  SkyWest also reported an increase in departures to 130,628 for August compared to 125,196 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 4,200 daily departures and a fleet of approximately 725 regional aircraft.  This press release and additional information regarding SkyWest can be accessed at www.skywest.com FLIGHT STATISTICSSkyWest, Inc. August Traffic20122011% ChangePassengers5,442,2435,109,8626.5Revenue Passenger Miles2,781,203,0162,681,927,3263.7Available Seat Miles3,361,420,4193,318,753,4171.3Load Factor82.780.8         1.9 ptsBlock Hours206,761200,2353.3Departures130,628125,1964.3 Calendar Year-To-Date20122011% ChangePassengers39,236,27737,464,4794.7Revenue Passenger Miles20,186,756,18119,492,233,1133.6Available Seat Miles25,037,040,80324,652,787,7481.6Load Factor80.679.1           1.5 ptsBlock Hours1,543,3331,519,3531.6Departures961,701938,6502.5SOURCE SkyWest, Inc.For further information: Investor Relations, Telephone: +1-435-634-3203, Fax: +1-435-634-3205