Reports Combined May 2016 Traffic for SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines

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SkyWest, Inc., (NASDAQ: SKYW) (“SkyWest”) today reported 164,955 block hours in May 2016, compared to 177,967 block hours in May 2015, a decrease of 13,012 or 7.3%. The net decrease was consistent with SkyWest’s fleet transition plan to improve the mix of aircraft in its fleet by adding new dual class aircraft to its fleet, while reducing its single class aircraft.

The year-over-year net change was primarily driven by approximately 5,800 additional block hours from its dual class aircraft (E175s, CRJ900s and CRJ700s) and a decrease of approximately 18,800 block hours from fewer single class aircraft (CRJ200s, ERJ135s/145s and EMB120s).

In May 2016, SkyWest’s dual class aircraft represented approximately 43% of SkyWest’s total block hour production for the month compared to approximately 37% for the month of May 2015.

SkyWest reported 812,149 block hours for year-to-date May 2016, compared to 871,452 block hours year-to-date May 2015, a decrease of 59,303, or 6.8%. This net change was primarily driven by approximately 35,000 additional block hours from its dual class aircraft and a decrease of approximately 94,300 block hours from fewer single class aircraft.

SkyWest had 98,927 departures in May 2016 compared to 105,011 in May 2015, a decrease of 6,084, or 5.8%. SkyWest generated 2.93 billion available seat miles (ASMs) for May 2016, compared to 3.08 billion ASMs for May 2015, or a 5.0% decrease. Additional flight statistics for May, including passengers enplaned, revenue passenger miles, and passenger load factors, are included in the accompanying table.

SKYWEST, INC. MAY FLIGHT STATISTICS

Block Hour Summary:

Month

Month

Month

YTD

YTD

YTD

By Fleet:

May 2016

May 2015

% Change

May 2016

May 2015

% Change

E175

17,133

9,428

81.7

75,826

37,066

104.6

CRJ900

16,907

18,123

(6.7)

86,486

85,924

0.7

CRJ700

36,953

37,606

(1.7)

178,861

183,201

(2.4)

Dual class fleet

70,993

65,157

9.0

341,173

306,191

11.4

CRJ200

53,360

57,131

(6.6)

262,638

280,505

(6.4)

ERJ135/145

40,602

55,553

(26.9)

208,338

272,432

(23.5)

EMB-120

126

(100.0)

12,324

(100.0)

Single class fleet

93,962

112,810

(16.7)

470,976

565,261

(16.7)

Total Block Hours

164,955

177,967

(7.3)

812,149

871,452

(6.8)

Month

Month

Month

YTD

YTD

YTD

By Airline:

May 2016

May 2015

% Change

May 2016

May 2015

% Change

SkyWest Airlines

94,689

91,021

4.0

457,298

435,194

5.1

ExpressJet Airlines

70,266

86,946

(19.2)

354,851

436,258

(18.7)

Total Block Hours

164,955

177,967

(7.3)

812,149

871,452

(6.8)

Other Flight Statistics:

Month

Month

Month

YTD

YTD

YTD

May 2016

May 2015

% Change

May 2016

May 2015

% Change

Departures

98,927

105,011

(5.8)

481,699

514,244

(6.3)

Available Seat Miles

2,927,530,206

3,082,556,926

(5.0)

14,269,227,281

14,813,969,549

(3.7)

Revenue Passenger Miles

2,447,307,959

2,604,800,535

(6.0)

11,476,020,347

12,082,830,949

(5.0)

Passengers

4,666,737

4,936,999

(5.5)

21,747,311

22,884,130

(5.0)

Load Factor

83.6

84.5

(1.1) pts

80.4

81.6

(1.5) pts

About SkyWest

SkyWest, Inc. is the holding company for two scheduled passenger airline operations and an aircraft leasing company and is headquartered in St. George, Utah. SkyWest’s airline companies provide commercial air service in cities throughout North America with more than 3,000 scheduled daily flights carrying nearly 57 million passengers annually. SkyWest Airlines operates through partnerships with United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines. ExpressJet Airlines operates through partnerships with United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines. Based in St. George, Utah, SkyWest continues to set the standard for excellence in the regional industry with unmatched value for customers, shareholders and its nearly 20,000 employees. This press release and additional information regarding SkyWest can be accessed at inc.skywest.com.

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