Continental Airlines Receives Final Approval for New York/Newark-Houston- Buenos Aires Service

Daily Nonstop Flights to Begin Dec. 14

HOUSTON, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Continental Airlines (NYSE:CAL) today announced it has received final approval from the Department of Transportation (DOT) to begin daily nonstop flights between the airline’s hub at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston and the Ministro Pistarini de Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Continental’s ninth destination in South America. Continental also will offer through flight service between New York/Newark and Buenos Aires. Flights to Buenos Aires will begin Dec. 14, 2005, subject to foreign government approval.

“We are extremely pleased that the DOT has allowed Continental to open up an entirely new route for U.S.-Argentina service, providing nonstop Houston – Buenos Aires service and convenient through flight service from our New York/Newark hub as well as from many other connecting destinations served via our Houston hub,” said Chairman and CEO Larry Kellner. “We believe business and leisure travelers alike will welcome Continental’s latest addition to its Latin American route network.”

With Buenos Aires, Continental will operate nonstop flights to 78 destinations in 25 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Latin America and the Caribbean represent over 25 percent of Continental’s destinations.

The new flights feature Continental’s renowned BusinessFirst service, which won the Best Executive/Business Class award in the OAG Airline of the Year Awards 2005 for the third year running, based on voting by frequent flyers worldwide. BusinessFirst was also voted Best Transatlantic Business Class among U.S. airlines in Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s Business Travel Awards 2004 for the seventh year in a row. This premium-class cabin features extra-wide electronic sleeper seats with 55-inch pitch, adjustable winged headrests and personal video screens. Other BusinessFirst amenities include gourmet menus and award-winning wines and champagnes. A specially selected and trained corps of more than 200 concierges provides individualized pre- flight and post-flight services for BusinessFirst customers at 26 key international airports worldwide.

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. From the U.S., 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. Continental, together with Continental Express and Continental Connection, has more than 3,000 daily departures throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, serving 151 domestic and 133 international destinations, more than any other carrier in the world. More than 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 over 42,000 employees, Continental has hubs serving New York, Houston, Cleveland and Guam, and together with Continental Express, carries approximately 60 million passengers per year. Continental consistently earns awards and critical acclaim for both its operation and its corporate culture.

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