New international route from Continental

Continental Airlines has announced that in May it will launch a new international route from its hub at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Starting on May 10, 2006, the airline will fly direct from Newark to Cologne, Germany.

While the route is still subject to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (D.O.T.) approval, if accepted it would become the first scheduled service between the U.S. and Cologne since 1990.

Continental plans on the route leaving Newark daily at 6:45 pm and arriving in Cologne the following morning at 8:10am. The return flight would leave Cologne at 10:35 am and arrive in Newark at 1:20 pm.

The airline’s vice president for Europe, the Middle East, and India, Jim Summerford, said that Continental was continuing to develop its routes from its strategic hub in the New York area.

He said: “Newark Liberty is America’s doorway to Europe, and it gives European travelers a breadth of connecting opportunities, which is unrivalled among U.S. hubs.”

Airfares have not yet been listed, but should be once the D.O.T. approves the route as it is widely expected to do.

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