Continental Airlines Announces Weekly Nonstop Service Between Houston and Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles

HOUSTON, June 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Continental Airlines (NYSE:CAL) today announced it will begin new weekly nonstop service between Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and the Caribbean island of Bonaire in the Netherlands Antilles, on Dec. 16, 2005, pending government approval. The readers of Scuba Diving magazine recently voted Bonaire the top diving destination in the Caribbean/Atlantic.

The weekly flight will depart Houston on Fridays at 11:30 p.m., arriving in Bonaire at 6:15 a.m. on Saturday. The return flight will depart Bonaire on Saturdays at 8 a.m., arriving in Houston at 10:50 a.m. Continental will utilize a Boeing 737 aircraft with seating for 12 in first class and 112 in coach on the approximately five-hour flight.

Bonaire will be Continental’s 19th Caribbean destination, and its 68th destination in Latin America and the Caribbean. Continental will be the only airline with nonstop service from the U.S. mainland or Canada to Bonaire, located approximately 50 miles off the coast of Venezuela.

“The only thing that has hampered enjoyment of Bonaire has been the difficulty of getting there,” said Pete Garcia, Staff Vice President, Latin America, Continental Airlines. “We are very pleased to add Bonaire to Continental’s growing list of diving markets. If you want prime diving or just to explore a tranquil natural paradise in the Caribbean Sea, Bonaire is a must.”

Bonaire also is known for snorkeling, windsurfing, sailing and ecotourism, as well as its marine preservation efforts including the 270-hectare (667-acre) Bonaire Marine Park, established in 1979.

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 again won major awards at the 2005 OAG Airline of the Year Awards including “Airline of the Year,” “Best Airline Based in North America” and “Best Executive/Business Class.” For more company information, visit www.continental.com .

Note: Beginning Dec. 31, 2005 the U.S. Department of State will require that travelers to and from the Caribbean have a valid passport or other secure, accepted document (Border Crossing Card, SENTRI, NEXUS or FAST cards) to enter or re-enter the United States.

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