Continental Airlines Begins Twice-Daily Service Between Houston and Del Rio, Texas

HOUSTON, March 2 /PRNewswire/ — Continental Airlines (NYSE:CAL) will begin twice-daily service between the Texas border town of Del Rio and the airline’s hub in Houston on Thursday, March 3, 2005. Operated by Continental Connection partner Colgan Air, the flights provide Del Rio passengers their only scheduled commercial airline service.

The flight schedule is:

Del Rio 6:55 a.m. Houston 8:35 a.m. Except Sunday
8 a.m. 9:40 a.m. Sunday
4:25 p.m. 6:05 p.m. Except Saturday

Houston 2:20 p.m. Del Rio 4:10 p.m. Except Saturday
2:40 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Saturday
8:40 p.m. 10:30 p.m. Except Saturday

Continental Connection will operate the Del Rio-Houston flights with 34-seat SAAB 340 aircraft. The flights are conveniently timed to connect to Continental’s global route network. Continental and its regional partners offer more than 660 daily flights from George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston to more than 175 destinations in the United States, Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe and Asia.

Del Rio, located in the Middle Rio Grande area of South Texas on the border with Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, is near the popular Amistad National Recreation Area.

Travelers on Continental Connection receive Continental’s services and amenities, including:

* The ability to book flights, check in, redeem frequent flyer awards
and more at
* At least 500 OnePass frequent flyer miles for each segment flown
* Connections to an extensive global network of more than 650
destinations around the world
* Automated self-service check-in at more than 135 airports

Area officials have said they expect the new flight to increase opportunities for economic development and job creation in Del Rio and the surrounding community.

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

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