Continental makes final Shanghai bid

Continental Airlines has made its final submission to the Department of Transportation for its application to provide the first daily nonstop service, and the only U.S. carrier service, between New York/Newark and Shanghai. Continental also intends to provide through flight service between Cleveland and Shanghai. Endorsements from elected officials in New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas and Guam, along with other supporting documentation, have been submitted to the Department of Transportation (DOT) in support of the application.

The airline, which currently offers nonstop service from the U.S.’ largest population center of New York/Newark to Beijing and Hong Kong, is seeking an award of authority to provide additional travel options to China.

“Our customers and communities have told us they want Continental’s award winning product and service on a non-stop basis to Shanghai and we’re working hard to make this request a reality,” said a Continental spokesperson.