SkyWest Inc. Reports Increase in Both Traffic and Profit

SkyWest Inc., which operates regional flights for larger airlines, said Friday that its passenger traffic rose 7.5 percent in April. SkyWest Inc. also reported that it had earned $3.2 million in the first quarter, reversing a year-ago loss despite a 13 percent drop in revenue.

SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines’ revenue passenger miles, or how many miles all paying passengers flew during the month, totaled 2.6 billion, up from 2.45 billion in the same month a year ago.

Available seat miles, or capacity, increased 8 percent to 3.27 billion from 3.03 billion a year ago.

SkyWest has about 750 planes and operates SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines and flights under the United Express, Delta Connection, American Eagle and US Airways Express brands.