Continental Airlines Announces Daily, Nonstop Service From New York/Newark to Guayaquil, Ecuador

HOUSTON, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Continental Airlines(NYSE:CAL) will begin daily nonstop service from Liberty International Airport in Newark to Guayaquil, Ecuador, on June 9, 2005.

Continental’s new direct nonstop flight between New York/Newark and Guayaquil will replace the airline’s existing service, which makes a stop in Panama City. The new flight will depart Newark Liberty at 11:30 p.m., arriving in Guayaquil at 5:20 a.m. The return flight will depart Guayaquil at 7:45 a.m., arriving at Newark Liberty at 3:15 p.m.

Continental will operate a Boeing 737-800 jet with seating for 14 passengers in First Class and 141 in Coach on the year-round Newark- Guayaquil service. Continental also offers nonstop service to Guayaquil and Quito, Ecuador, from Houston, as well as service to Quito from Newark.

“Continental is pleased to continue its leadership role in providing service to business, leisure and ethnic markets in Latin America,” said Pete Garcia, Staff Vice President, Latin America.

Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city and main port, is the country’s economic center and the stopping-off point for visits to the Galapagos Islands. In recent years, Guayaquil has devoted considerable resources to the development of tourism.

Continental Airlines is the second-largest U.S. airline into Latin America and the Caribbean, with service to 64 destinations in 24 countries, including seven destinations in South America.

The airline’s Latinization initiative features Spanish-speaking flight attendants on the majority of Latin American flights, bilingual reservations and flight-information lines from the U.S., Spanish-English signage at major U.S. and Latin American airports, Spanish-language functionality on its Web site, and Spanish-language options on e-Ticket machines.

Continental Airlines is the world’s sixth-largest airline with more than 3,000 daily departures throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. Continental serves 153 domestic and 119 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 51 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

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