Continental Airlines Announces Nonstop Service Between Los Angeles and Two New Destinations in Mexico

LOS ANGELES, April 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Continental Airlines (NYSE:CAL) announced it will begin nonstop service June 9 between Los Angeles International Airport and two Mexican destinations — Durango and Queretaro — pending government approval.

With the addition of the new routes, Continental will serve five destinations in Mexico from Los Angeles. In December 2004, Continental began flights from Los Angeles to Aguascalientes, Leon-Guanajuato and Morelia, Mexico. Continental’s Los Angeles-Mexico flights complement the airline’s existing service to these markets from Houston, Texas. Continental serves 30 Mexican destinations from the U.S. — more than any other U.S. airline.

Continental will be the only airline offering daily nonstop service between Los Angeles International Airport and Queretaro. The Los Angeles- Durango flight will operate four times weekly in June, daily in July and August, and two times/week during off-season.

Tentative flight schedules are:

From To Departs Arrives
Los Angeles Queretaro 12:25 a.m. 6:00 a.m. daily
Queretaro Los Angeles 8:50 p.m. 11:30 p.m. daily

Los Angeles Durango 1:20 a.m. 6:00 a.m. Mon/Tue/Fri/Sun*
Durango Los Angeles 8:45 p.m. 9:40 p.m. Mon/Thu/Sat/Sun*

*daily beginning July 2

“Los Angeles is home to a huge Mexican-origin population that will welcome Continental’s convenient travel options for visiting family and friends in Mexico, leisure travelers who want to explore colonial attractions, and business passengers who need to visit industrial operations in Mexico,” said Pete Garcia, Staff Vice President, Latin America, Continental Airlines. “We have been pleased with the response to our other three Los Angeles-Mexico routes and expect these flights to garner the same support.”

Continental Express will utilize the 50-passenger Embraer EMB-145 regional jet on its nonstop service on each of the new routes. The RJs feature a fully equipped galley, a spacious lavatory, and a comfortable interior with only window and aisle seating.

Continental began daily nonstop service between Houston and Queretaro, the airline’s newest Mexico destination, on March 17. Queretaro is home to a number of companies such as Delphi, Kellogg’s, Kimberly-Clark and Polaroid. Many U.S. expatriates also live in the area. In addition, Queretaro’s new international airport is only 53 miles from San Miguel de Allende, one of Mexico’s leading colonial tourist destinations.

Durango is a mining center located at the crossroads of two highways linking the Pacific coast with Monterrey and Mexico City. Already a famous location setting for “Westerns” and other movies, Durango is also a growing adventure travel destination.

Continental Airlines serves 65 destinations in 24 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Continental offers a number of Spanish-language services, including bilingual flight attendants on many flights to Latin America; and bilingual airport personnel, reservations agents and signage. Passengers may make reservations in Spanish at 1-800-537-9222. Continental Airlines has been named for eight consecutive years to Hispanic Magazine’s list of “100 Best Companies for Hispanics” (1998-2005).

Continental Airlines is the world’s sixth-largest airline with more than 3,000 daily departures throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. Continental serves 152 domestic and 122 international destinations — more than any other airline in the world — and nearly 400 additional points are served via SkyTeam alliance airlines. With 41,000 employees, the airline has hubs serving New York, Houston, Cleveland and Guam, and carries approximately 55 million passengers per year. In 2004, Continental earned awards and critical acclaim for both its operation and its corporate culture. FORTUNE ranks Continental one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America, an honor it has earned for six consecutive years, and also ranks Continental as the top airline in its Most Admired Global Companies in 2004. The carrier 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.” For more company information, visit continental.com.

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