Continental Airlines Reports Record April Load Factor

Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL - news and CAL.A - news) today reported a systemwide load factor of 75.4 percent in April, the highest April load factor in company history and 2.0 points above the previous record set last year.

In April 2000, Continental flew 5.3 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) and 7.0 billion available seat miles (ASMs), resulting in a traffic increase of 9.5 percent on a capacity increase of 6.5 percent versus April 1999. International traffic was 2.0 billion RPMs, up 22.0 percent from April 1999 and international capacity was 2.7 billion ASMs, up 15.9 percent from last year.

Continental Express, Continental`s wholly owned regional subsidiary, reported its highest April load factor ever of 63.9 percent, 2.0 points above last April`s record. Continental Express flew 235.6 million RPMs and 368.7 million ASMs in April, resulting in a traffic increase of 43.9 percent and a capacity increase of 39.4 percent versus last year.