Continental Airlines Announces New Daily Nonstop Service Between Houston and Cali, Colombia

HOUSTON, April 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Continental Airlines (NYSE:CAL) today announced it will begin new daily nonstop service between Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Cali, Colombia, on July 15, pending government approval.

Continental will utilize a Boeing 737-700 aircraft on the approximately five-hour flight to Cali, with seating for 12 passengers in First Class and 112 in Coach. The flight will depart Houston at 3:45 p.m., arriving in Cali at 8:45 p.m. The return flight will depart Cali at 9:10 a.m., arriving in Houston at 2:05 p.m. Flights will be timed conveniently to allow connections in Houston for passengers arriving from/departing for Newark Liberty International Airport in the New York City area.

Cali, the third-largest city in Colombia, is located in a major sugar- and coffee-producing region of the South American nation. With the addition of Cali, Continental will offer nonstop service to 67 destinations in 24 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Continental also offers daily nonstop service to Bogota, Colombia, from Houston and New York/Newark.

“Latin America continues to be a growth sector for Continental,” said Pete Garcia, Staff Vice President, Latin America. “Our new service will make it much more convenient for Colombians in the U.S. to travel to Cali to visit friends and relatives, and for agricultural, textile and manufacturing interests to do business in the region. Conversely, Colombians will find it easier to do business with Houston petrochemical industries, visit medical facilities, or make fast connections through our new international airport facilities to the rest of the U.S.”

Census figures put the number of Colombians living in the United States at 500,000; other estimates run as high as 2 million, with Colombians living principally in Florida, New York, New Jersey, and California, as well as sizable numbers in Houston and Chicago.

Continental Airlines, the second-largest U.S. airline with service to Latin America and the Caribbean, currently serves 65 destinations in 24 countries in those regions. Continental recently announced twice-weekly nonstop service to Flores, Guatemala, the airline’s 66th Latin American destination, beginning in June. 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. The carrier serves 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 carries approximately 55 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 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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