Continental Airlines is moving its Orlando operations from Terminal A to Terminal B at Orlando International Airport (MCO), beginning on September 22.
The carrier says its move will ensure its proximity to fellow Star Alliance members United Airlines and US Airways, already located in MCO’s Terminal B.
Continental Airlines expects to close its planned merger with United Airlines by October 1, having received U.S. Department of Justice anti-trust approval and shareholder approval for the deal.
However, operational integration of the two airlines – which are to merge under the holding-company name United Continental Holdings, Inc. and trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the stock ticker ‘UAL’ – will take months to complete.
The mechanics of Continental’s terminal move at MCO see its ticketing and check-in counter relocating to Terminal B on September 22. Continental’s gates at Orlando International then move from Airside 1 to Airside 3 on September 23. Continental will occupy Gates 33, 35, 36 and 39 in Airside 3.
Members of Continental’s Presidents Club and Star Alliance Gold members will have convenient access to the United Airlines Red Carpet Club located between Gates 42 and 44. On September 23, also, Continental Connection flights to Miami, Pensacola and Tallahassee begin departing from gate 46A.
“The relocation will enable customers to connect seamlessly at Orlando International Airport between Continental and Continental Connection’s 28 daily flights and other Star Alliance carrier flights,” says Brian Keene, Continental’s Orlando International Airport general manager. “Continental’s move will finalize consolidation of Star Alliance carriers on Airside 3.”
Star Alliance airlines offer more than 60 daily departures from Orlando. Continental’s move in Orlando follows similar moves at airports in many domestic and international markets, including Denver, Detroit, Houston, Chicago, Frankfurt, Tokyo/Narita, Honolulu, Barcelona and Beijing.