Combined March 2011 and first quarter traffic data for SkyWest trio of carriers

SkyWest, Inc., has reported combined March and first quarter (1Q11) traffic figures for its three subsidiary airlines, ExpressJet, Atlantic Southeast and SkyWest Airlines.

The figures show considerable increases in revenue passenger miles (RPMs), available seat miles (ASMs) and passengers carried, due to the company’s acquisition of ExpressJet in late 2010.

RPMs totalled 2,456,392,809 in March, up 50.3% from 1,634,668,333, while ASMs were increased by 56.9% to 3,165,343,522 from 2,017,662,946. The load factor for March thus decreased by 3.4 percentage points to 77.6% from March 2010’s figure of 81.0%. Passengers carried totalled 4,767,814, a rise of 44.8% from the 3,292,598 passengers carried in March 2010.

The combined RPMs in 1Q11 numbered 6,448,155,921 compared with 4,348,176,333 in 1Q10, a 48.3% increase. ASMs for the quarter rose by 52.6% to 8,607,003,560 from 5,640,970,486. The load factor in 1Q11 was 74.9%, a fall of 2.2 pp from 1Q10’s figure of 77.1%. Total passengers carried in the quarter numbered 12,557,060, which was 44.0% up on 8,717,803.

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