Continental Airlines to Inaugurate New Service at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport

Twice Daily Flights From Houston to Chattanooga Starting in October

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., May 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Continental Airlines (NYSE:CAL) , the City of Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority have announced that the airline will inaugurate daily nonstop service between Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA) and the airline’s Houston hub at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).

The twice-daily service will begin October 1 with introductory fares to Houston starting as low as $198 round trip based on 14-day advanced purchase.*

“With a population of nearly one million people, the Chattanooga area has historically suffered from a lack of air service, particularly to the western U.S. and Mexico,” said Karen Zachary, Continental’s managing director- strategic planning. “With this new service, Chattanooga travelers will be able to connect to many cities in the U.S. as well as a range of international destinations.”

At Bush Intercontinental Airport, Continental Airlines operates the third largest U.S. airline hub and offers more than 700 flights a day to more than 180 destinations worldwide, providing numerous connecting flight opportunities for travelers from Chattanooga.

The Chattanooga to Houston Schedule will be as follows:

Chattanooga-Houston Houston-Chattanooga
Departure Arrival Departure Arrival
7:25 a.m. 8:40 a.m. 3:30 p.m. 6:35 p.m.
7:00 p.m. 8:15 p.m. 6:40 p.m. 9:45 p.m.

(Flight times on Saturdays are different.)

Chattanooga travelers will fly on ExpressJet Airlines, Inc. which operates as Continental Express, the regional airline for Continental Airlines. ExpressJet passengers receive efficient service and comfortable leather seating, along with advance seat assignments and OnePass frequent flyer miles that can be redeemed on Continental and partner airlines. Chattanooga travelers will fly on an Embraer Regional Jet with a seating capacity of 37. These jets come with individual reading lamps; individual air conditioning outlets; full-size lavatory; storage for carry-on luggage and a wardrobe closet.

Continental Airlines is the world’s sixth-largest airline. Continental, together with Continental Express and Continental Connection, has more than 3,000 daily departures throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, serving 150 domestic and 130 international destinations, more than any other carrier in the world. Nearly 400 additional points are served via SkyTeam alliance airlines, which include Aeromexico, Air France/KLM, Alitalia, CSA Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Korean Air and Northwest Airlines. With 41,000 employees, Continental has hubs serving New York, Houston, Cleveland and Guam, and together with Continental Express, carries approximately 56 million passengers per year. Continental consistently earns awards and critical acclaim for both its operation and its corporate culture.

For the second consecutive year, FORTUNE magazine named Continental the No. 1 Most Admired Global Airline on its 2005 list of Most Admired Global Companies. Continental was also included in the publication’s annual “Top 50″ list, which ranks all companies, across a wide variety of industries, that appear in the Global Most Admired Companies issue. Continental won major awards at the 2004 OAG Airline of the Year Awards including “Airline of the Year,” “Best Airline Based in North America” and “Best Executive/Business Class.”

*Seats at this fare are limited. The fare does not include the U.S. excise tax of $3.10 per flight segment, passenger facility charges of up to $18 and the September 11 Security Fee of up to $10. A flight segment is defined as a take-off and landing.

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