HOUSTON, Dec. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/—Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) today announced that it will introduce the only nonstop flights between Savannah, Ga., and Houston when it introduces twice-daily service to Bush Intercontinental Airport, starting April 6, 2003.
The new Continental Express flights aboard the latest version of the fast, quiet 50-passenger Embraer ERJ-145 regional jet, complement two daily roundtrip flights between Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport and Continental`s New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport.
A convenient schedule of morning and afternoon flights will allow same-day business travel to and from Houston, as well as easy connections to worldwide destinations from Bush Intercontinental—Continental`s largest hub, with more than 500 daily departures and nonstop service to 139 cities.
“We greatly appreciate Savannah`s support of Continental Airlines, and we look forward to restoring the city`s only nonstop flights to Houston,” said a Continental spokesperson. “We`re confident that business and leisure travelers will respond enthusiastically to the convenience and speed of our new nonstop Houston service.”
Savannah will become the second Georgia city to gain nonstop Continental Express service in early 2003, following the March 3 inauguration of twice-daily roundtrips between Augusta and Continental`s Houston and New York hubs. Savannah`s new Houston flights restore nonstop service that was suspended between the two cities following the events of Sept. 11.
Continental Express, operated by ExpressJet Airlines, Inc., employs more than 5,500 people and provides Continental Airlines with all of its regional airline capacity at its hub airports serving New York, Houston and Cleveland. Continental Express offers advance seat assignments and OnePass frequent flyer miles, which can be redeemed anywhere in the world Continental and its alliance carriers fly. ExpressJet Airlines is owned by ExpressJet Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: XJT). For more information, visit expressjet.com.
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.