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Initially flights will operate three times a week

Continental Airlines announces direct service from New York to Haiti

United Continental Holdings, Inc. announced Continental Airlines will begin nonstop flights between its New York hub, Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Port-Au-Prince, Haiti (PAP), on June 9, 2011, subject to government approval.

Initially flights will operate three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, converting to daily service on July 1, 2011.

The approximately four-hour flight (CO703) will depart Newark at 9:25 a.m., arriving in Port-Au-Prince at 12:15 p.m. The return flight (CO704) will depart Port-Au-Prince at 1:20 p.m., arriving in Newark at 6:15 p.m. Continental will utilize a Boeing 737-800 for the new service, with seating for 160 passengers (16 in first class and 144 in economy).

"We are pleased to offer convenient service to Port-Au-Prince, Continental’s 27th Caribbean destination," said John Slater, United Airlines vice president of sales-Americas. "Thanks to the combined fleet of both United and Continental, we are now able to offer more travel options to new destinations."

Continental is the largest carrier in the New York City area, offering more departures to more destinations than any other airline.

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