SkyWest August Traffic Rises 4.6 Percent

airline operator SkyWest Inc. said Thursday that August traffic increased 4.6
percent compared with a year ago but there were a few more empty seats due to
an ambitious expansion plan.


The company owns SkyWest Airlines and Atlantic Southeast Airlines, which operate
regional flights for Delta and United.

Paying passengers flew 1.75 billion miles last month, up
from 1.67 billion miles in August 2009.

The company increased capacity by 5.8 percent, to 2.17
billion available seat miles. That’s a measure of miles flown multiplied by
seats on the plane. Airlines increase capacity by adding flights or using
bigger planes.

With capacity growing faster than demand, the average flight
was 80.6 percent full, down from 81.5 percent a year earlier.

For the first eight months of the year, SkyWest and Atlantic
Southeast saw traffic rise 8 percent while capacity grew 7.1 percent. The
average flight was 79.7 percent full, up from 79.0 percent for the same period
last year.