Continental to cut 43 routes from U.S. hubs

As part of last week’s announced plan to cut capacity in the fourth quarter, Continental Airlines will eliminate a total of 43 routes from its three U.S. hubs, starting Sept. 3.

The airline also said it would reduce frequency in certain markets. All told, Continental will reduce domestic mainline and regional capacity by 6.4% in the fourth quarter.

From Houston, Continental will no longer fly to Cali, Colombia; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Guayaquil, Ecuador; Hartford, Conn.; Monclova, Mexico; Montgomery, Ala.; Oakland, Calif.; Palm Springs, Calif.; Reno, Nev.; Sarasota, Fla.; Tallahassee, Fla.; and Washington-Dulles.

From Newark, Continental will eliminate service to Albuquerque, N.M.; Cologne, Germany; Santiago, Dominican Republic; Sarasota, Fla.; Salt Lake City; San Jose, Calif.; and Tucson, Ariz.

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

Continental will withdraw completely from 15 airports, six of them international. The airline will no longer fly to Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia; Oakland, Calif.; Cali, Colombia; Palm Springs, Calif.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Reno, Nev.; Cologne, Germany; Santiago, Dominican Republic; Green Bay, Wis.; Sarasota, Fla.; Guayaquil, Ecuador; Tallahassee, Fla.; Monclova, Mexico; Toledo, Ohio; and Montgomery, Ala.

As reported, Continental will eliminate 3,000 positions across all work groups. The airline said the majority of job cuts will be achieved through voluntary programs. The specific number of involuntary furloughs will not be determined until August, said Continental, after the company knows how many employees choose the voluntary programs.

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