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Republic Airways Reports a 44% Increase in August 2005 Traffic

INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 6, 2005--Republic Airways Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:RJET), today reported preliminary passenger traffic results for August 2005. The company generated 381.5 million revenue passenger miles (RPMs), a 43.8% increase over the same month last year, while available seat miles (ASMs) increased to 570.4 million, a 41.0% increase. Load factor was 66.9% versus 65.6% in August 2004. A total of 799,254 passengers were carried during the month, a 32.8% increase over the same month last year.

                                                   August
                                                   ------
                                            2005       2004     Change
                                            ----       ----     ------
RPMs (000s)                               381,478    265,339    43.8%
ASMs (000s)                               570,355    404,603    41.0%
Load Factor                                 66.9%      65.6%    1.3 pp
Passengers                                799,254    601,831    32.8%


                                                Quarter to Date
                                                ---------------
                                            2005       2004     Change
                                            ----       ----     ------
RPMs (000s)                               794,505    542,397    46.5%
ASMs (000s)                             1,140,445    796,714    43.1%
Load Factor                                 69.7%      68.1%    1.6 pp
Passengers                              1,651,835  1,217,521    35.7%


                                                Year to Date
                                                ------------
                                            2005       2004     Change
                                            ----       ----     ------
RPMs (000s)                             2,884,914  1,962,326    47.0%
ASMs (000s)                             4,153,211  2,985,774    39.1%
Load Factor                                 69.5%      65.7%    3.8 pp
Passengers                              6,035,401  4,320,758    39.7%

Republic Airways Holdings, based in Indianapolis, Indiana is an airline holding company that operates Chautauqua Airlines, Republic Airlines and Shuttle America. The company offers scheduled passenger service on more than 840 flights daily to 85 cities in 34 states, Canada and the Bahamas through airline services agreements with four major U.S. airlines. All of its flights are operated under its major airline partner brand, such as AmericanConnection, Delta Connection, United Express and US Airways Express. The airline currently employs more than 3,000 aviation professionals and operates 131 aircraft including 31 Embraer 170 aircraft.

CONTACT: Republic Airways Holdings
Warren R. Wilkinson, 317-484-6042

SOURCE: Republic Airways Holdings Inc.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding Republic Airways Holdings's business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see the summary of risk factors contained in our earnings release.