Combined December and full 2009 traffic announced for SkyWest and ASA

SkyWest, Inc. has released the combined traffic figures for its two airline subsidiaries, SkyWest Airlines and Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) during December 2009 and the complete calendar year.

The company reported a 5.4% increase in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for December, while available seat miles (ASMs) increased 6.5% compared to the same period last year. The combined airlines generated 1,420,360,051 RPMs for the month compared with 1,347,791,781 in December 2008, while ASMs increased to 1,835,037,294.

The load factor was down 0.8 percentage points (pp) to 77.4 percent compared to 78.2 percent for the same period last year. Passenger boardings for December totalled 2,815,678, a 6.9% increase over December 2008’s figure of 2,634,566.

RPMs for the whole of 2009 were up 2.0% to 17,448,958,077 from 17,101,909,734 in 2008, with ASMs going up by 0.6% to 22,142,650,268 from 22,020,250,026 year-on-year.

The annual load factor was 78.8%, a 1.1 pp increase over 2008’s 77.7%. The pair carried 34,544,772 passengers last year compared with 33,461,819 carrioed in 2008, a 3.2% increase.

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