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CONTINENTAL AIRLINES REPORTS HIGHER DECEMBER TRAFFIC

 CONTINENTAL AIRLINES REPORTS HIGHER DECEMBER TRAFFIC
 HOUSTON, Feb. 4 /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 versus 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- 2/4/92
 /CONTACT: Corporate Communictions, Continental Airlines, 713-834-5080/
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