U.S. travelers now have an additional option when booking their flights to Aruba. Continental Airlines and Aruba announced yesterday the new nonstop service from the Houston hub at Bush Intercontinental Airport to the Caribbean island. The new service will begin on June 12, 2003.
“We are very happy Continental Airlines has decided to reinstate this service out of Houston. This demonstrates the airline’s commitment and confidence in the Aruba tourism industry. The increased frequency opens up more possibilities to the potential Aruba visitor, especially from the West Coast,” said Edison Briesen, Aruba’s Minister of Tourism and Transportation.
The new flights are scheduled as follows:
Houston to Aruba
Continental flight 1886 will depart from Houston on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and arrives in Aruba at 7:20 p.m.
Aruba to Houston
Continental flight 1887 will depart Aruba on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and arrives in Houston at 1:20 p.m.
Continental’s new flights will be the only scheduled non-stop service to Aruba west of the Mississippi. The flights are conveniently timed to connect with flights serving other cities from Continental’s Houston hub, offering one of the fastest and convenient connections to Aruba from most cities in the Western U.S. Continental will use a 124-seat B737-700 for the new service.
Passengers can take advantage of both the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and U.S. Customs Service offices in Aruba allowing U.S. bound air passengers to clear customs before they leave the Dutch Caribbean Island. This service allows visitors to save time as their return flight is considered a domestic flight.
Reina Beatrix International Airport is conveniently located 2.5 miles east of Oranjestad, the capital of Aruba. In addition to Continental Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways and various other charters currently fly to Aruba from the United States.