Continental Airlines is moving its airport operations at both Paris Charles de Gaulle and Barcelona as part of its continuing effort to provide easy connections between its flights and those of other Star Alliance airlines.
The airline joined Star Alliance on October 27, after leaving the rival SkyTeam alliance (led by Delta Air Lines and Air France-KLM) at midnight on October 25. In doing so, Continental became the first-ever major carrier to switch airline alliances, though previously several well-known airlines had left alliances (among them Aer Lingus, which left the oneworld alliance).
On November 10, Continental relocates to Terminal 1 at Barcelona’s El Prat Airport (BCN), a brand-new facility where all other Star Alliance member carriers serving the airport are based. (All oneworld-alliance carriers serving Barcelona International Airport also now use the new Terminal 1.) Continental operates a daily Boeing 767-200ER service between Barcelona and its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport.
Then, on November 17, Continental relocates to the recently renovated Terminal 1 at Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG), where most Star Alliance member carriers are based. The terminal features a Star Alliance lounge, open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. From CDG, Continental operates 13 nonstop flights a week with Boeing 767-400ER and Boeing 757s to Newark and a daily Boeing 767-400ER nonstop service to Houston Intercontinental Airport.
Since joining Star Alliance, Continental has also relocated its operations at Frankfurt (now at Terminal 1) and Tokyo/Narita (now at Terminal 1, South Wing). Other airports where co-location moves have been made include Beijing, Chicago, Honolulu and Shanghai.
Continental Airlines says it is the world’s fifth-largest airline. Together with Continental Express and Continental Connection, Continental Airlines has more than 2,400 daily departures throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, serving 130 domestic and 132 international destinations.