Continental Cuts Capacity, Service From Hub Cities

In a memo to employees on Thursday, Houston-based Continental Airlines presented details to flying reductions first announced last week. Starting Sept. 3, upon conclusion of the peak summer travel season, it will reduce its domestic mainline capacity by 11 percent in the fourth quarter in response to record-high fuel prices that are impacting the airline industry.

Specifically, the airline will make the following estimated reductions from its hub cities:

* From Houston, the airline will cut available seat miles (ASMs) by 960 to 11,208, a 7.9 percent reduction.

* From Newark, the airline will cut ASMs by 433 to 13,251, a 3.2 percent reduction.

* From Cleveland, the airline will cut ASMs by 220 to 1,462, a 13.1 percent reduction.

* From Guam, the airline will cut ASMs by 219 to 799, a 21.5 percent reduction.

Cumulatively, the changes will result in a 6.4 percent decline in consolidated capacity in the airline's fourth quarter.

Continental also announced that it will discontinue service between its hubs and the following destinations:

* Between Houston George Bush Intercontinental and: Cali, Colombia; Chatanooga, Tenn.; Guayaquil, Ecuador; Hartford, Conn.; Monclova, Mexico; Montgomery, Ala.; Oakland, Calif.; Palm Springs, Calif.; Reno, Nev.; Sarasota, Fla.; Tallahassee, Fla.; and Washington - Dulles.

* Between Newark Liberty and: Albuquerque, N.M.; Cologne, Germany; Santiago, Dominican Republic; Sarasota, Fla.; Salt Lake City, Utah; San Jose, Calif.; and Tucson, Ariz.

* Between Cleveland Hopkins and: Austin, Texas; Birmingham, Ala.; Charleston, S.C.; Charleston, W. Va.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Des Moines, Iowa; Detroit, Mich.; Green Bay, Wis.; Greensboro, N.C.; Lexington, Ky.; Little Rock, Ark.; Memphis, Tenn.; Nashville, Tenn.; Norfolk, Va.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Omaha, Neb.; Ottawa, Canada; San Antonio, Texas; San Diego, Calif.; Sarasota, Fla.; Savannah, Ga.; Toledo, Ohio; Tulsa, Okla.; Washington - Dulles.

* Between Guam A.B. Won Pat and: Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia.

Continental will contact customers who are booked on flights previously scheduled to operate on or after Sept. 3 in order to make alternate flying arrangements.