Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) today announced that it will inaugurate service between the airline`s Houston hub and Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, effective May 2, 2003, pending government approval.
Continental flight 1190 will depart Houston at 1:15 p.m., arriving in Grand Cayman at 4 p.m. The return flight 1191 will depart Grand Cayman at 4:40 p.m., arriving at Houston at 7:30 p.m. Flights will operate on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and are timed to conveniently connect with flights serving numerous other cities from Continental`s Houston hub. Continental will operate a Boeing 737-700 aircraft on the four-times- weekly flight. The aircraft seats 12 passengers in the first class cabin and 112 in coach.
Continental will continue to offer service on Saturdays between its New York hub, Newark Liberty International Airport, and Grand Cayman.
Start of the new service coincides with the Cayman Islands Quincentennial, a year of festivities that will celebrate the history, culture and beauty of the islands. A British Crown Colony surrounded by turquoise waters, the Cayman Islands consist of three islands (Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman) just 480 miles south of Miami.
Between the Cayman Islands and Jamaica lies the deepest part of the Caribbean, the Cayman Trough, which is over four miles deep. South of Cayman is the Bartlett Deep where depths of over 18,000 ft. have been recorded. All three islands are surrounded by healthy coral reefs which lie at the top of dramatic walls and drop-offs close to shore, creating ideal conditions for diving, snorkeling and sportfishing. More information is available from the official Cayman Islands site: http://www.caymanislands.ky/ .
The No. 2 U.S. air carrier to Latin America and the Caribbean in number of passengers and destinations served, Continental serves 28 destinations with 192 weekly flights in Latin America and the Caribbean from Liberty International.
Continental Airlines is the world`s sixth-largest airline and has more than 2,100 daily departures. With 121 domestic and 90 international destinations, Continental has the broadest global route network of any U.S. airline, including extensive service throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. Continental has hubs serving New York, Houston, Cleveland and Guam, and carries approximately 45 million passengers per year on the newest jet fleet among major U.S. airlines. With 48,000 employees, Continental is one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For in America.” Fortune ranked Continental the No. 2 Most Admired Global Airline and No. 30 Most Admired Global Company in March 2002. For more company information, visit continental.com.