Through its regional-airline partner ExpressJet Airlines, Continental Airlines has begun twice-weekly flights between its Houston hub at Bush Intercontinental Airport and Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas,...

Through its regional-airline partner ExpressJet Airlines, Continental Airlines has begun twice-weekly flights between its Houston hub at Bush Intercontinental Airport and Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico, Continental’s 30th Mexican destination.

Continental Airlines serves more destinations in Mexico from the U.S. than any other airline.


The new flight, which is operated as a Continental Express service, departs Houston at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays, arriving in Tuxtla Gutierrez at 9:20 p.m. The return flight departs Tuxtla Gutierrez at 8:30 a.m. on Thursdays and Sundays and arrives in Houston at 11:20 a.m. Flights are timed for convenient connections to other flights in Continental’s network across the U.S. and to Canada and Europe. ExpressJet is using 50-seat Embraer-145XR regional jets for the new service.

The large fleet of Embraer regional jets that ExpressJet flies on Continental Express service includes substantial numbers of ERJ-145LRs and ERJ-145XRs, as well as slightly smaller ERJ-135s. This aircraft is an ERJ-145LR and was photographed at Newark Liberty International Airport

Chiapas, located in the southeast region of Mexico, is known for its Spanish and Mayan influence, crafts, cuisine, natural wonders, protected ecological reserves, indigenous communities and Mayan archeological zones, including Bonampak and Palenque, both considered UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Latin America and the Caribbean account for more than half of Continental Airlines’ international destinations. Continental offers service to 72 destinations in 24 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, including nonstop service from the U.S. to 30 destinations in Mexico — more than any other airline. Continental also offers nonstop service to 10 cities in Central America and serves seven South American destinations.

Continental offers a number of Spanish-language services, including bilingual flight attendants on many flights to Latin America; bilingual airport personnel, reservations agents and signage; and a Spanish-language Web site at www.continental.com/espanol.