SOURCE: Pinnacle Airlines

September 06, 2005 17:28 ET

Pinnacle Airlines Releases August Traffic

MEMPHIS, TN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 6, 2005 -- Pinnacle Airlines, Inc. (NASDAQ: PNCL) released its passenger and traffic levels for August 2005 today.

For August, Pinnacle flew 526.7 million Available Seat Miles (ASMs), an increase of 33.3% over August 2004 levels. Revenue Passenger Miles (RPMs) expanded 36.2% to 385.8 million. Passenger Load Factor was 73.3%. Pinnacle transported 722,301 Customers during the month, 19.1% more than the same period last year.

During August, Pinnacle operated 38,902 block hours and completed 22,255 cycles, increases of 30.4% and 18.8% over August 2004 levels, respectively. The term "block hour" refers to the elapsed time between an aircraft leaving a gate and arriving at a gate, and the term "cycle" refers to an aircraft's departure and corresponding arrival.

                August 2005 Traffic
                   2005       2004     Change
ASMs (000)        526,712    395,158   33.3%
RPMs (000)        385,825    283,287   36.2%
Load Factor          73.3%      71.7%   1.6 pts
Passengers        722,301    606,513   19.1%

Block Hours        38,902     29,843   30.4%
Cycles             22,255     18,734   18.8%

                Year-To-Date Traffic
                   2005      2004      Change
ASMs (000)      3,828,342  2,578,908   48.4%
RPMs (000)      2,705,239  1,811,239   49.4%
Load Factor          70.7%     70.2%    0.5 pts
Passengers      5,271,474  4,074,160   29.4%

Block Hours       288,927    199,014   45.2%
Cycles            165,642    127,236   30.2%
Pinnacle Airlines, Inc. operates under the name Northwest Airlink and provides service to destinations in the United States and Canada. Pinnacle operates an all-jet fleet of 139 Canadair 44- and 50-seat Regional Jets from Northwest hubs at Detroit, Memphis and Minneapolis-St. Paul, and its two focus cities of Milwaukee and Indianapolis. Pinnacle Airlines maintains its headquarters in Memphis, Tenn., and employs approximately 3,600 people. For further information, please contact Philip Reed, Vice-President, Marketing at 901-348-4257, or visit our web site at www.nwairlink.com.

This press release contains various forward-looking statements that are based on management's beliefs, as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to management. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable; it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to have been correct. Such statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including those set forth in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available to investors at our web site or on line from the Commission. Should one of more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove erroneous, actual results may vary materially from results that were anticipated or projected. The Company does not intend to update these forward-looking statements before its next required filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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