Skywest has released its May operating figures, showing that it had a 7.21 per cent increase in passengers on its RPT services for the month.
The increase in passenger numbers helped to push up revenue passenger kilometres by 9.53 per cent, while capacity increased by 1.13 per cent. Load factor increased by four percentage points to 52.75 per cent. Charter capacity
in ASKs increased by 13.42 per cent.
Meanwhile, Flight International has revealed that Skywest has been utilising a Boeing 737-700 wet leased from Virgin Blue to operate charter services on behalf of Fortescue Metals Group to Cloudbreak since May 18, replacing one of its Fokker 100s which previously operated the services. The wet lease is understood to be an interim measure until August when the airline plans to introduce its first Airbus A320 onto the route. The aircraft is currently undergoing testing and compliance checks in Melbourne.