Continental Airlines will expand its operations at London’s Heathrow Airport to five departures per day when it inaugurates a third daily flight from Heathrow to its New York hub, Newark Liberty International Airport.The airline, which launched service from Heathrow in March this year under the Open Skies agreement between the United States and the European Union, also operates two daily flights from Heathrow to Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport, its largest hub.
As previously announced, Continental is discontinuing service from Gatwick Airport to both New York Liberty and Houston; the last flights from Gatwick to these destinations will operate on Saturday, October 25. Continental offers summer-only service from Gatwick to its Cleveland hub.
Continental’s Heathrow flights will be operated by two aircraft types: the 285-seat Boeing 777-200, carrying 50 passengers in the BusinessFirst cabin and 235 in Economy; and the 175-seat Boeing 757-200, with 16 BusinessFirst seats and 159 Economy seats. Continental’s Heathrow flights operate from Terminal 4.
In addition to its Heathrow flights, Continental will continue to operate non-stop services to New York Liberty from Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester, as well as Dublin and Shannon - offering trans-Atlantic service from more cities in the U.K. and Ireland than any other airline.
Also, Continental and Virgin Atlantic Airways codeshare on several Virgin Atlantic-operated flights from London/Heathrow and London/Gatwick.