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Continental Airlines Inaugurates Nonstop Houston Service From Oakland International Airport

Continental Airlines Inaugurates Nonstop Houston Service From Oakland International Airport

Press Releases
June 14th, 2000

Continental Airlines OAKLAND, California, June 14, 2000 - Continental Airlines today launched twice-daily nonstop service to Houston from its newest San Francisco Bay Area gateway at Oakland International Airport.

"We are delighted to have Continental Airlines join the Oakland International Airport family," said Steve Grossman, Director of Aviation. "Continental consistently is ranked by consumers and business publications as one of the best U.S. carriers for in-flight comfort and service, qualities that are demanded by our passengers."

Oakland City Council President Ignacio de la Fuente, Oakland Board of Port Commissioners President John Loh, Aviation Director Steve Grossman, and Continental Airlines Senior Director of Sales for the Western Region Marguerite Lennon led today's inaugural ceremonies. Strolling Texas Bluegrass musicians and a water arch courtesy of the airport firefighters of the Oakland Fire Department added to the inaugural festivities.

Continental will use Boeing 737-500 aircraft, configured to two levels of service with 10 seats in First Class and 94 in Economy Class. The flights will operate from Gate 3 in Terminal One.

The following is Continental's flight schedule between Oakland International Airport (OAK) and Houston (IAH):

Route Flight # Departure Time Arrival Time
OAK to IAH 1978 6:30 a.m. 12:29 p.m.
OAK to IAH 1542 12:10 p.m. 6:09 p.m.
IAH to OAK 1541 9:35 a.m. 11:30 a.m.
IAH to OAK 1979 8:30 p.m. 10:25 p.m.

Additionally, Continental Airlines announced last month that it would serve the New York area with twice-daily service from Oakland International Airport, beginning August 1.

For more information or to make reservations, call Continental Airlines at 1-800-525-0280, visit their web site at www.continental.com or call your professional travel agent.

Oakland International Airport served more than 9.8 million passengers and handled nearly 700,000 metric tons of air cargo in 1999. Oakland International has more than 160 flights per day on 12 domestic and international carriers. The airport is a revenue division of the Port of Oakland, an independent department of the city of Oakland.

Oakland International consistently has the best on-time record of the three Bay Area airports, according to statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation. It is the only Bay Area airport with a dedicated shuttle that meets every Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system train at the nearby Coliseum station. On-airport parking rates are as low as $8 per day in the economy lot. Visit the airport's Web site at www.oaklandairport.com for more information.