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July 12, 2007 | General

Continental Airlines Announces Daily Nonstop from Edmonton to it’s Houston Hub

Edmonton — Continental Airlines (NYSE:CAL) today announced that it will introduce new daily nonstop service from Edmonton to its Houston hub, effective May 2, 2003. The new service represents the only available nonstop service between the two major energy centers and provides extensive connections to destinations throughout the United States and Latin America.
Edmonton is the fourth Canadian city to gain nonstop service to Continental’s largest hub, Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Service between Houston and Edmonton will be aboard the 104-seat Boeing 737-500.

“With more than 500 daily departures to 146 nonstop destinations from our Houston hub, it will be easy for Edmonton travelers to make quick connections to dozens of destinations,” said Continental’s Senior Vice President of Scheduling Glen Hauenstein.

The daily, nonstop flight will depart Edmonton International Airport at 7:15 a.m. and arrive at Houston Intercontinental at 12:35 p.m. The return flight departs Houston at 5:20 p.m., arriving in Edmonton at 8:55 p.m..

“This is great news for our community,” said Scott Clements, President and CEO of Edmonton Airports. “Continental Airlines’ nonstop service not only provides excellent connectivity to our regions’ oil and gas industry, but as the largest carrier serving Mexico and Latin America, it offers business and leisure travelers new connecting opportunities to a range of southern destinations.”
Continental Airlines flies to more destinations in Mexico than any other airline, with more than 233 weekly flights to 20 destinations from Houston. Continental’s Latin America service from Houston includes twice-daily roundtrips to many Central American capital cities and seven South American destinations, including Bogotà¡, Colombia; Quito, Ecuador; Guayaquil, Ecuador; Lima, Peru; Caracas, Venezuela; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Continental Airlines is the fifth largest airline in the U.S., offering more than 2,100 departures daily to 120 domestic and 91 international destinations. Operating hubs in New York, Houston, Cleveland and Guam, Continental serves more international cities than any other U.S. carrier, including extensive service throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit continental.com.

Edmonton Welcomes Continental’s New Non-Stop Houston Service

Edmonton — Edmonton Airports and our community leaders offer Continental Airlines, the fifth largest airline in the United States, a warm welcome to the Capital Region.

Edmonton Airports identified Houston, Texas as a non-stop air service target for our region because of the strong oil and gas business linkage, diverse connecting opportunities through to Florida, Mexico, and Latin America on Continental’s network, and strong inbound tourism opportunities. Continental is headquartered in Houston, which is also Continental’s largest hub.
“I know Edmonton Airports worked very closely over the past three years with Continental Airlines to ensure this connection came to fruition. This is great news for both business and leisure travellers,” said Mayor Bill Smith.

“This is excellent news for Greater Edmonton because Houston is one of the top 10 destinations for Edmonton and Northern Alberta travellers. In addition, Texas is the number three travel market to Alberta, from the United States; this new service now offers an efficient non-stop link to the many travellers visiting our region,” said Allan Scott, President and CEO, Economic Development Edmonton (EDE). “We will work with Edmonton Airports and our many partners to promote and expand the business and leisure travel opportunities this important air connection provides.”

“Continental Airlines’ new non-stop air service between Edmonton and Houston will be a huge advantage to the 2,600 companies in Alberta’s International Region, as much of our business is contingent upon direct connections to the United States, Mexico and South America,” states Pat Klak, Executive Director, Leduc/Nisku Economic Development Authority. “This service is particularly timely in light of the projected economic growth of the greater Edmonton region and the $82 billion in major projects proposed for Alberta over the next few years.”
Chamber CEO Martin Salloum says, “Houston’s top three industries are directly related to oil and gas. It’s a natural connection with obvious potential for the business communities of both Edmonton and northern Alberta.”

Continental Airlines will make its home in the South Terminal of Edmonton International Airport, which provides efficient access to Edmonton International Airport’s United States and Canadian Customs and Immigration services.

“Edmonton Airports commends Continental Airlines for their investment in our community,” states Scott Clements, President and CEO of Edmonton Airports. “Edmonton Airports, backed by strong community support, is committed to continue to work closely with Continental Airlines to promote this important route.”