Continental Airlines Announces Weekly Nonstop Service From New York/Newark to Curacao, Netherlands Antilles

HOUSTON, July 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Continental Airlines (NYSE:CAL) announced it will begin nonstop Saturday service on Dec. 17 from its hub at Newark Liberty International Airport to the Caribbean island of Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles, pending governmental approval.

With the addition of Curacao, Continental will offer nonstop service to 20 destinations in the Caribbean. New nonstop service between Houston and Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles, Continental’s 19th Caribbean destination, begins on Dec. 16.

The Saturday flight to Curacao will depart Newark at 8:50 a.m., arriving in Curacao at 2:35 p.m. The return flight will depart Curacao on Saturdays at 3:20 p.m., arriving in Newark at 7:20 p.m. Continental will utilize a Boeing 737-700 aircraft with seating for 12 in first class and 112 in coach for the flight.

Located off the coast of Venezuela, Curacao consistently is ranked in the top 10 overall dive sites in the Caribbean. In addition to 30 public and private beaches with an abundance of colorful undersea life, Curacao boasts numerous other activities: sailing, snorkeling, and boat tours; the historic town of Willemstad; and eco-tourism attractions such as Christoffel Park, a protected wildlife preserve and garden; coral reef “living caves”; camping and an ostrich farm.

“We’re very pleased to round out our nonstop service to the ‘ABC’ Islands: Aruba, which we already serve from Newark and Houston, and now Bonaire and Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles,” said Frank Galan, Continental’s Senior Regional Director for the Caribbean and Central America.

Continental Airlines is the world’s sixth-largest airline. Continental, together with Continental Express and Continental Connection, has more than 3,000 daily departures throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, serving 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 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,” “Best Airline Based in North America” and “Best Executive/Business Class.” For more company information, visit .

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