Colgan Air Inc.and Pinnacle Airlines Inc., wholly-owned subsidiaries of Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines Corp., both ended the year with higher passenger counts than 2008 despite different December performances.
Colgan reported 211,636 passengers for December, down 1.5 percent compared to 214,816 in December last year.
Year-to-date, Colgan reported 2.7 million passengers, up 6.7 percent compared to 2.5 million passengers in the same year-ago period.
Colgan is in the middle of moving its corporate headquarters from Manassas, Va. to Memphis.
Pinnacle Airlines Inc. reported 867,612 passengers for December, up 0.2 percent compared to 866,033 passengers in December 2008.
Year-to-date, the company reported 10.7 million passengers, up 3.6 percent compared to 10.3 million in the same year-ago period.
Pinnacle Airlines Corp., an airline holding company, is the parent company of Pinnacle Airlines, Inc. and Colgan Air, Inc. Pinnacle Airlines, Inc. operates a fleet of 140 regional jets under Delta brands in the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, Mexico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Turks and Caicos Islands. Colgan Air, Inc. operates a fleet of 48 regional turboprops as Continental Connection, United Express and US Airways Express. Pinnacle Airlines Corp. operating units fly more than 1,280 daily flights and transport 13 million passengers a year to 158 cities and towns in North America. The corporate headquarters is located in Memphis, Tenn. Airport hub operations are located in Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Newark, Washington Dulles, Houston, Memphis and Minneapolis.