Cheap Continental Flights

Continental Airlines is the United States’ fourth-largest carrier, and the eighth-largest in the world in terms of passenger miles. Continental is based in Houston, Texas, and its main operations bases are in Cleveland, Houston and Newark. Beyond those hubs, the airline doesn’t maintain many “focus cities” – meaning its efforts aren’t widespread, but they’re concentrated on the markets they serve. Continental flies to destinations in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Pacific region.

Continental operates a very traditional hub-and-spoke network (with a couple of exceptions, including the Seattle-Anchorage and Los Angeles-Honolulu routes). Though they began as a domestic airline, they have the most scheduled flights of any US carrier to Japan, Mexico and the United Kingdom. They’re also the only US airline to fly to the Federated States of Micronesia, Indonesia, Marshall Islands, Norway, Northern Ireland and Palau. Continental no longer flies to Australia from the US mainland, though it does operate a flight to Cairns from its focus city of Guam.

Though Continental might not be the most far-reaching airline, indications are that it’s successfully serving its markets. It’s recently won awards from places like Fortune Magazine and J.D. Power and Associates, and it’s also surpassed Northwest Airlines to become the fourth-largest US carrier.

Since 2004, Continental has been a member of the SkyTeam airline alliance. In addition to that partnership, the airline also maintains a code-sharing setup with Amtrak rail services in some parts of the United States and with SNCF French Rail for rail service in France.

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