HOUSTON, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/—Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) today announced it will begin service between the airline`s Houston hub at Bush Intercontinental Airport and the Caribbean island of Aruba beginning June 12, 2003, pending government approval.
The new flights will depart Houston on Monday, Thursday and Saturday as Continental flight 1886 at 1:30 p.m., arriving in Aruba at 7:20 p.m. The return flights will depart Aruba on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday as Continental 1887 at 9:30 a.m., arriving in Houston at 1:20 p.m. Continental will utilize a 124-seat B737-700 for the new service that is conveniently timed to connect with flights serving numerous other cities from Continental`s Houston hub. The aircraft seats 12 passengers in the first class cabin and 112 in coach.
Known for its white sand beaches and turquoise waters, the island of Aruba is responding to the increasing demand for active vacations by proving that it has more to offer than Caribbean sun and sand. In addition to outdoor activities such as golf, hiking, biking and horseback riding, visitors are encouraged to explore underground caves once used as pirate hideouts or some of the world`s most fascinating shipwrecks that lie just off of Aruba`s shores. Additional tourist information about Aruba may be found at http://www.arubatourism.com/home.html .
Continental, the No. 2 U.S. carrier to Latin America and the Caribbean, is the world`s seventh-largest airline with more than 2,000 daily departures to 131 domestic and 93 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 41 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.