DENVER, Jan. 06, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, today reported preliminary patient transport and tourism passenger data for the month of December 2016.
Air Medical Dec-16 Dec-15 YOY Change (%) 4Q16 4Q15 YOY Change (%)
Transports 5,142 4,735 8.6 % 17,571 15,817 11.1 %
Transports + Weather Cancellations 8,285 7,852 5.5 % 23,924 22,945 4.3 %
Same-Base Transports (SBTs) 4,447 4,534 (1.9 %) 15,107 14,891 1.5 %
SBT + Weather Cancellations 7,310 7,498 (2.5 %) 20,837 21,664 (3.8 %)
Tourism Dec-16 Dec-15 YOY Change (%) 4Q16 4Q15 YOY Change (%)
Passengers 30,149 32,256 (6.5 %) 101,623 103,261 (1.6 %)

Aaron Todd, CEO of Air Methods, stated, "Tourism volumes were impacted negatively by weather in both our Sundance and Blue Hawaiian operations. We anticipate the passenger count would have been roughly flat in December were it not for weather."

About Air Methods Corporation Air Methods Corporation ( www.airmethods.com) is the global leader in air medical transportation. The Air Medical Services Division is the largest provider of air medical transport services in the United States. The United Rotorcraft Division specializes in the design and manufacture of aeromedical and aerospace technology. The Tourism Division is comprised of Sundance Helicopters, Inc. and Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, which provide helicopter tours and charter flights in the Las Vegas/Grand Canyon region and Hawaii, respectively. Air Methods' fleet of owned, leased or maintained aircraft features approximately 500 helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.

Forward Looking Statements: Forward-looking statements in this news release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements in this press release that are "forward-looking statements", including statements we make with regard to preliminary results of (i) total transports, (ii) same-base transports, (iii) weather cancellations, and (iv) tourism passengers for December 2016 are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors, including but not limited to the Company's completion of its fourth quarter closing and review procedures and other matters set forth in the Company's filings with the SEC. The Company is under no obligation (and expressly disclaims any obligation) to update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. 

CONTACTS: Peter P. Csapo, Chief Financial Officer, ( peter.csapo@airmethods.com). Please contact Christina Brodsly Ward at ( Christina.brodsly@airmethods.com) to be included on the Company's e-mail distribution list.

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