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CONTINENTAL AIRLINES RECEIVES TENTATIVE APPROVAL TO OPERATE FLIGHTS BETWEEN HOUSTON AND COLOMBIA, SOUTH AMERICA

 HOUSTON, July 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Transportation (D.O.T.) today granted Continental Airlines tentative approval to operate service between Houston and three cities in Colombia: Bogota, Cali, and Barranquilla. The exact date for the inauguration of service will be determined when the final D.O.T. order is granted.
 With final approval, the airline will provide daily non-stop 737 jet service between Houston and Bogota, which will include service to and from Los Angeles with no change of aircraft; and direct 727 jet service between Houston and Cali and Barranquilla which will include service to and from Denver with no change of aircraft. Flights between Houston and Cali, four times weekly, and Barranquilla, three times weekly, will make a brief enroute stop in San Jose, Costa Rica.
 "Continental has vigorously pursued permission to operate service between Houston and Colombia for more than two years, and received the ardent support of Congressmen Jack Fields, Greg Laughlin, and their colleagues in the Texas Congressional Delegation, as well as the active participation of Mayor Lanier, the City of Houston, and the Greater Houston Partnership during this lengthy process," said Paul Casey, Vice President of Continental's International Division. "This new service to Colombia will further establish our Houston hub as a convenient gateway all of Latin America."
 Continental has developed the second largest gateway to Latin America at Houston Intercontinental Airport, serving more cities in Mexico than any other U.S. carrier, all seven countries in Central America, and Ecuador in South America. With the addition of the three Colombian destinations, Continental will serve 23 cities in Latin America.
 Other members of the Texas delegation who have supported Continental in its endeavor to operate service to Colombia include Congressmen John Bryant, Frank Tejeda, Tom DeLay, Michael Andrews, Bill Sarpalius, Jack Brooks, Lamar Smith, Ralph Barton, Gene Green, Charles Wilson, Martin Frost, Solomon Ortiz, Kiki de la Garza, Chet Edwards, Ron Coleman, Sam Johnson, J.J. Pickle and Craig Washington.
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 /CONTACT: Continental Corporate Communications, 713-834-5080/


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