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Alaska Air Group Reports May Traffic

SEATTLE - Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK) today reported May operational results for its subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines (Alaska) and Horizon Air (Horizon).

ALASKA AIRLINES

Alaska reported a 10.7 percent increase in traffic on a 4.5 percent increase in capacity, resulting in a 4.6-point increase in load factor to 81.4 percent. Alaska also reported that
91.5 percent of its flights arrived on time in May 2010, a 5.8-point increase compared to the
85.7 percent reported in May 2009.

The following table shows the operational results for May 2010 and for the first five months of 2010, compared to the prior-year periods:
2010

May2009



Change

2010

Year-to-Date2009

Change

Revenue passenger miles RPMs (in millions) 1,656


1,495 10.7%

7,711

7,148

7.9%

Available seat miles
ASMs (in millions)

2,035



1,947



4.5%



9,485



9,336



1.6%

Passenger load factor 81.4%

76.8%

4.6pts

81.3%

76.6%

4.7pts

Revenue passengers (in thousands) 1,368

1,298

5.3%

6,311

6,152

2.6%

On-time arrivals as reported to U.S. DOT 91.5%

85.7%

5.8pts

88.4%

77.7%

10.7pts


HORIZON AIR

Horizon reported a 0.4 percent increase in traffic on a 1.5 percent decrease in capacity, resulting in a 1.4-point increase in load factor to 73.1 percent. Horizon also reported that 92.1 percent of its flights arrived on time in May 2010, a 4.3-point increase compared to the 87.8 percent reported in May 2009.

The following table shows the operational results for May 2010 and for the first five months of 2010, compared to the prior-year periods:

2010

May2009



Change

2010

Year-to-Date2009

Change

RPMs (in millions) 200

199

0.4%

961

907

5.9%

ASMs (in millions)

273



277



(1.5)%



1,338



1,331



0.6%

Passenger load factor 73.1%

71.7%

1.4pts

71.8%

68.2%

3.6pts

Revenue passengers (in thousands) 554

555

(0.1)%

2,676

2,632

1.7%

On-time arrivals 92.1

87.8%

4.3pts

89.7%

84.3%

5.4pts

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together serve more than 90 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. For reservations, visit alaskaair.com. For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Newsroom at alaskaair.com/newsroom.

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