Continental Airlines will terminate
15 destinations worldwide as it reduces domestic mainline capacity by 11% to
combat record fuel costs.
Effective 3 September, the SkyTeam alliance member will
leave Oakland and Palm Springs, California; Tallahassee and Sarasota, Florida;
Chattanooga, Tennessee; Green Bay, Wisconsin; Reno, Nevada; Toledo, Ohio and
International stations tagged for
closure include Denpasar,
Santiago, Dominican Republic;
Schedule reductions will result in a
6.4% drop in consolidated capacity in the fourth quarter from the final quarter
Houston will see a 7.9% decrease
in capacity with the following terminations: Hartford,
Connecticut; Washington Dulles International
airport; Monclova, Cali,
Guayaquil, Chattanooga; Montgomery;
Oakland; Palm Springs;
New York Newark Liberty International
airport will see a 3.2% capacity decline from the US
major. It will lose service to Albuquerque, New
Mexico; San Jose, California;
Sarasota and Salt Lake
Continental will trim capacity by
13.1% in Cleveland.
It will no longer offer flights to the following destinations: Austin;
Birmingham; Charleston, South Carolina; Charleston, West Virginia; Cincinnati,
Ohio; Des Moines; Detroit; Green Bay; Greensboro, North Carolina; Lexington,
Kentucky; Little Rock; Memphis; Nashville; Norfolk, Virginia; Oklahoma City;
Omaha; Ottawa, Canada; San Antonio; San Diego; Sarasota; Savannah, Georgia;
Toledo; Tulsa, Oklahoma and Washington Dulles.
Continental will no longer connect
Guam and Denpasar,
representing a 21.5% capacity cut for the airline on Guam.
To support reductions in available
seat miles, Continental will retire 67 Boeing 737-300 and -500 aircraft, in
addition to six older aircraft already removed this year. The carrier leases a
large portion of both types.
As a result, the carrier will cut
3,000 positions across all work groups, including management. Involuntary
furloughs will be announced in August, after the company knows how many
employees elect to take advantage of voluntary leave.