Combined July 2016 traffic reported for SkyWest, Inc. airlines

SkyWest, Inc. has announced combined July 2016 traffic figures for its wholly owned subsidiary airlines, SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines.

The company generated 2,532,718,823 revenue passenger miles (RPMs), a decrease of 7.3% from the 2,733,451,136 generated in July 2015. Available seat miles were cut by 6.9% to 2,988,902,626 from 3,210,506,489 last July.

The load factor thus fell by 0.4 percentage points to 84.7% from last July’s 85.1%. The two airlines carried 4,886,522 passengers in July 2016, compared with 5,182,756 carried in the same month last year, which was a decrease of 5.7%.

The company reported 169,513 block hours in July 2016, compared to 183,039 block hours in July 2015, a decrease of 7.4%. The net decrease was consistent with SkyWest’s fleet transition plan to improve the mix of aircraft in its fleet by adding new Embraer 175s, while reducing its 50-seat jets.

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