Continental Airlines Announces Twice-Weekly Service Between Houston and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

HOUSTON, Aug. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Continental Airlines (NYSE:CAL) today announced it will begin twice-weekly service between George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, on Dec. 16, pending government approval. The new route will complement Continental’s existing service to Punta Cana from Newark Liberty International Airport.

The new flight will depart Houston at 1:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, arriving in Punta Cana at 7:35 p.m. The return flight will depart Punta Cana at 9:10 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays, arriving in Houston at 12 noon. The flight schedule is timed conveniently to allow for one-stop daylight connections from the Midwest and West Coast.

Continental will utilize a Boeing 737 with seating for 12 in first class and 112 in coach on the flight from Houston to Punta Cana, a popular white- sand beach destination on the Eastern tip of the Dominican Republic. Shaded by coconut trees, the area features an abundance of all-inclusive hotels. Attractions include water activities, jungle walks and the Manati Park Bavaro, a zoo and water park.

Continental currently serves 18 Caribbean destinations from its international hubs in Houston and New York/Newark, and offers service to seven additional destinations in the Caribbean through Continental Connections codeshare flights.

Continental Airlines is the world’s sixth-largest airline. Continental, together with Continental Express and Continental Connection, has more than 3,100 daily departures throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, serving 150 domestic and 131 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” and “Best Airline Based in North America” for the second consecutive year, and “Best Executive/Business Class” for the third consecutive year. For more company information, visit

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