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Continental drops Gatwick-NY and Houston flights

9 Sep 2008 by Mark Caswell

Continental
Airlines is to pull its transatlantic flights from Gatwick to both New York and
Houston next month, in favour of a third daily flight from Heathrow to the Big
Apple.

The changes take
effect on October 26, and bring to an end Continental’s year-round presence at
Gatwick (the carrier says it plans to continue to operate its summer service to
Cleveland).

The carrier
launched its current twice-daily Heathrow-New York Newark service in March this
year when the Open Skies agreement took effect, and will increase this to three
times a day from October. The route will be plied with 777-200, 767-200 and 757-200
aircraft depending on flight timings (click here to view the full schedule and aircraft type).

This latest
dropping of flights from Gatwick is another blow to the airport’s scheduled long-haul
status. Canadian carrier Zoom (which flew from Gatwick to New JFK) went bust
last month (see online news August 29), and Hong Kong-based Oasis (which plied
the Gatwick-Hong Kong route) ceased operations in April (see online news April
9
).

US carrier Delta
dropped its Gatwick-New York flights at the end of August, but British Airways
says that its route from Gatwick to the Big Apple will launch as planned on
October 26.

For more
information visit continental.com.

Report by Mark
Caswell

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