Combined December traffic reported for SkyWest, ASA and ExpressJet

SkyWest, Inc., has announced combined traffic figures for its three airline operating subsidiaries, SkyWest Airlines, Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) and ExpressJet Airlines, the last of which became part of the company on 12 November 2010.

During December 2010, the combined revenue passenger miles (RPMs) reached 2,316,018,612, a 63.1% increase over December 2009’s 1,420,360,051. Available seat miles went up by 62.7% to 2,985,104,590 from 1,835,037,294 for the respective months.

The December load factor rose by 2.0 percentage points to 77.6% from 77.4%, while passengers carried went up by 58.6% to 4,466,253 from December 2009’s total of 2,815,678.

The substantial increases for each of the items are due primarily to the acquisition of ExpressJet Airlines in November.

For the full calendar year, the RPMs generated by the three airlines (though only incorporating ExpressJet figures since mid-November) totalled 20,227,219,872 compared with 17,448,958,077 in 2009, a 15.9% increase. ASMs went up by 15.2% to 25,503,845,155 from 22,142,650,268.

The load factor for the year had a slight increase of 0.5 pp, reaching 79.3% compared with 2009’s 78.8%. Passengers carried, again affected by the ExpressJet acquisition, increased to 40,411,089 from 34,544,772, a 17.0% year-on-year rise.

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