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CONTINENTAL AIRLINES REPORTS HIGHER DECEMBER TRAFFIC

           CONTINENTAL AIRLINES REPORTS HIGHER DECEMBER TRAFFIC
    HOUSTON, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Continental Airlines today announced


that for the ninth consecutive month it has achieved year-over-year increases in both traffic and load factor.
    Continental's revenue passenger miles (RPMs) increased 11.2 percent to 3.6 billion for the month of December.  The airline's available seat miles (ASMs) increased 1.4 percent to 5.5 billion for the same period.
    The airline noted that the increases in traffic came despite the fact that it had not expanded operations.
    For the third consecutive month, Continental's load factor increase has exceeded that of the top three U.S. airlines.  The airline reported a December load factor of 64.9 percent, representing an increase of 5.8 points over December 1990.
    The airline ended 1991 with strong holiday traffic, recording its highest single-week domestic load factor (71.7 percent) in recent years.
    For the full year 1991, Continental flew 41.4 billion RPMs and 66.2 billion ASMs, which have risen 5.8 percent and 2.1 percent, respectively.
    Continental's Cargo Division also reported 58.0 million revenue ton miles (RTMs) for December, 1991.  For 1991 Continental carried 705.3 million RTMs, an increase of 16.4 percent vs. 1990.
                         CONTINENTAL AIRLINES
                      Systemwide Traffic Results
                         December
                    1991             1990             Change
    RPMs (000)    3,596,000       3,233,000         11.2 percent
    ASMs (000)    5,543,000       5,468,000          1.4 percent
    Load Factor   64.9 percent    59.1 percent       5.8 points
    Cargo Stats:
    RTMs (000)       58,020          62,731        (16.0) percent
                        Year to Date
                    1991             1990             Change
    RPMs (000)    41,435,000      39,173,000         5.8 percent
    ASMs (000)    66,197,000      64,845,000         2.1 percent
    Load Factor   62.6 percent    60.4 percent       2.2 points
    Cargo Stats:
    RTMs (000)       705,324         667,090        16.4 percent
    -0-              1/7/91
    /CONTACT:  Corporate communications of Continental Airlines, 713-834-5080/
    (CTA) CO:  Continental Airlines ST:  Texas IN:  AIR SU: SM -- NY070 -- 7426 01/07/92 15:47 EST
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