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MESA AIRLINES ANNOUNCES JULY TRAFFIC

 FARMINGTON, N.M., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Mesa Airlines Inc. (NASDAQ: MESA) today reported its combined traffic numbers for July 1993. The total number of passengers carried increased to 395,509 while revenue passenger miles decreased slightly to 79,538,000 and available seat miles increased to 143,407,000. Load factor decreased 3.6 percentage points to 51.9 percent.
 "The company believes the decrease in load factor this month as compared to last year is a result of the unusually high load factors in July of 1992 caused by last year's summer airfare sales," stated Blaine Jones, chief financial officer of the company. "In addition, by July 1st, WestAir had removed its remaining three BAe 146 jets from its fleet. This action resulted in a decrease in revenue passenger miles even while the number of passengers increased. Elimination of the jets resulted in the average passenger trip length being reduced from 206 to 200 miles."
 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. 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
 7/93 7/92 Change YTD 93 YTD 92 Change
 Passengers
 Carried: 395,509 385,988 2.5 2,578,765 1,386,604 86.0
 Revenue
 Passenger
 Miles (000): 78,933 79,538 (0.8) 540,712 285,730 89.2
 Available
 Seat
 Miles (000): 152,173 143,407 6.1 1,087,850 598,042 81.9
 Load Factor: 51.9pct. 55.5pct. (3.6pts) 49.7pct. 47.8pct. 1.9pts
 -0- 8/11/93
 /CONTACT: Gary Risley of Mesa Airlines, 505-327-0271/
 (MESA)


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