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AUGUST TRAFFIC HIGHEST ONE-MONTH TOTAL IN COMPANY HISTORY

 FARMINGTON, N.M., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Mesa Airlines Inc. (NASDAQ: MESA) today reported its consolidated traffic numbers for August 1993. The total number of passengers carried was 420,120, an increase of 5.2 percent over August 1992. Total available seat miles increased 10.2 percent to 157,351,000. Revenue passenger miles increased to 82,893,000, an increase of 2.1 percent. Load factor was 52.7 percent versus 56.8 in August of 1992.
 "Given the absence of last year's 'summer sale,' our ability to generate an overall increase in traffic year over year was outstanding," remarked Larry Risley, chief executive officer for the company. "Additionally, much of the decrease in load factor can be attributed to the new markets we have recently developed in Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Although these markets have lower load factors than the rest of our system, each one is profitable on a stand-alone, fully allocated basis."
 Mesa Airlines is the largest independently owned regional carrier in the country, comprised of seven different airline operations. The Mesa division operates as an independent carrier out of Albuquerque, as a United Express carrier out of Denver and Los Angeles, and an America West Express carrier out of Phoenix, Ariz. The Skyway Airlines division operates as a code-share with Midwest Express Airlines out of Milwaukee. Air Midwest Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary, operates as USAir Express out of Kansas City, Mo. The FloridaGulf division operates as USAir Express out of Tampa and Orlando, Fla. WestAir Commuter Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary, operates as United Express with hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Ore. and Seattle.
 MESA AIRLINES INC.
 Percent Percent
 8/93 8/92 change YTD 93 YTD 92 change
 Passengers
 Carried: 420,120 399,184 5.2 2,998,885 1,785,788 67.9
 Revenue
 Passenger
 Miles
 (000): 82,893 81,195 2.1 623,604 366,925 70.0
 Available
 Seat
 Miles
 (000): 157,351 142,892 10.1 1,245,201 740,934 68.1
 Load
 Factor: 52.7pct. 56.8pct. (4.1pts) 50.1pct. 49.5pct. 0.6pts
 -0- 9/10/93
 /CONTACT: Jonathan Ornstein of Mesa Airlines, 209-294-6912/
 (MESA)


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