Continental Airlines Reports Record January Load Factor

Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL and CAL.A) today reported a systemwide load factor of 67.9 percent in January, the second highest January load factor in company history, and 0.1 point below the record set last year. The domestic load factor of 68.3 was the highest January domestic load factor ever, 0.6 points above last year`s January record.

In January 2000, Continental flew 4.7 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) and 6.9 billion available seat miles (ASMs), resulting in a traffic increase of 7.3 percent on a capacity increase of 7.3 percent versus January 1999. International traffic was 1.8 billion RPMs, up 16.5 percent from January 1999 and international capacity was 2.7 billion ASMs, up 18.5 percent from January 1999.

Continental Express, Continental`s wholly owned regional subsidiary, reported a January load factor of 54.8 percent, equaling last year`s January record. Continental Express flew 179.4 million RPMs and 327.4 million ASMs in January, resulting in a traffic increase of 50.5 percent and a capacity increase of 50.4 percent versus January 1999.