Continental Airlines plans to launch daily non-stop service from its Houston hub to Edmonton International Airport, Alberta on November 1, subject to government approval.
Alberta’s capital will the 11th Canadian destination to be served by Continental and the fourth Canadian destination from the airline’s Houston hub.
The airline will operate the service with Boeing 737-500s fitted with 114 seats. The flights from Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) will depart at 6:00 p.m. and arrive at Edmonton International Airport (YEG) at 9:25 p.m. Return flights will depart Edmonton at 6:40 a.m. and arrive in Houston at 11:56 a.m.
Edmonton officials say that connecting Houston’s oil and gas sector with the Edmonton area’s Nisku Industrial Park, the second largest oil and gas park in North America (second only to Houston’s) is of enormous importance to the Canadian city.
Alberta’s capital provides a convenient gateway for the Rocky Mountains, lakes, historic rivers and northern industries of oil, gas, lumber and mining. Strategically located between the world’s second-largest oil reserves and the world’s largest energy market, Edmonton plays a major role in the development of the Athabasca oil sands.
Greater Edmonton supports the energy industry as a center for upgrading and refining petrochemicals, pipelines, manufacturing, transportation, and logistics. Edmonton is at the crossroads of international trade routes linking Asia Pacific with eastern North America and Mexico with Alaska.
Continental Airlines is the world’s fifth-largest airline. Together with Continental Express and Continental Connection, Continental offers more than 2,750 daily departures throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, serving 133 domestic and 132 international destinations.
With more than 43,000 employees, Continental has hubs serving New York, Houston, Cleveland and Guam, and together with its regional partners, carries approximately 63 million passengers per year.
Continental also announced on August 17 that it planned to enter the Star Alliance on October 27, after leaving the SkyTeam alliance on October 24.