Continental Announces Nonstop Service

HOUSTON, March 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/—Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) today announced that it will begin nonstop service to four new destinations from Houston this summer, including Asheville, N.C.; Hartford/Springfield, Conn. (BDL), Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; and Morelia, Mexico.
Tickets are now available for travel between Houston and all four cities beginning June 12, creating more travel options and greater connectivity to and from Continental`s largest hub, George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Continental Express nonstop service between Houston and Asheville Regional Airport complements existing twice-daily roundtrips between Asheville and Continental`s New York hub and are scheduled to provide the most convenient and flexible travel options for time-sensitive business travelers.
Daily roundtrip service between Houston and Hartford/Springfield restores a key business route that was discontinued after the events of Sept. 11, 2001. The nonstop flights are timed to provide Hartford/Springfield travelers with maximum connection opportunities in Houston and restore direct service to the top destination currently without nonstop service from Houston.
Twice-daily nonstops to Florida`s Okaloosa Regional Airport give Houston travelers a direct link to the legendary white-sand beaches of the Destin-Ft. Walton Beach resort area. The airline currently flies nonstop to nine destinations in the Sunshine State from its Houston and New York hubs and offers additional Continental Connection regional service to multiple Florida destinations.
With the addition of the central highland city of Morelia, Continental offers nonstop service from Houston to 21 cities in Mexico—the most of any U.S. carrier. An architectural gem of Colonial Mexico, Morelia combines old- world charm and a lively array of cultural activities in a bustling urban center located halfway between Mexico City and Guadalajara.
Continental Airlines is the world`s seventh-largest airline and has more than 2,000 daily departures. With 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. In 2003, Fortune ranked Continental highest among major U.S. carriers in the quality of its service and products, and No. 2 on its list of Most Admired Global Airlines. For more company information, visit