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Bush Intercontinental Airport Adds Another Mexican Connection

Houston Airport System
March 17, 2010

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A nonstop flight to Tuxtla Gutierrez is now available at IAH.

New nonstop service between George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico arrives on June 9.

Continental Airlines announced the airline’s 30th Mexican destination originating from IAH in Houston, Texas. Continental enhances its Latin connection with service to more destinations in Mexico from the U. S. than any other airline.

“The Houston Airport System is the premier U. S. gateway to Mexico, “said Genaro Pena, HAS marketing director. “ Continental’s new twice-weekly flights to Tuxtla Gutierrez will grow our global reach with access to 175 nonstop destinations worldwide.”

Chiapas, located in Mexico’s southeast region and the eighth largest state in the country, is famous for its Spanish and Mayan influence, crafts, cuisine, natural wonders, protected ecological reserves and indigenous communities. Chiapas is also home to Mayan archeological zones, including Bonampak and Palenque, considered UNESCO “World Heritage” sites.

The new flight operated as Continental Express, departs Houston at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday and arrives in Tuxtla Gutierrez at 9:20 p.m. The return flight departs Tuxtla Gutierrez at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday and Sunday and arrives in Houston at 11:20 a.m.

Continental will utilize the 50-seat Embraer-145 XR regional jet for the new service.

“The addition of Tuxtla Gutierrez is a great complement to our extensive route network to Mexico” said John Slater, Continental staff vice president, Latin America. “It will become our 30th destination served in Mexico and we expect it to be popular with business and leisure travelers.”

Latin America and the Caribbean account for more than half of Continental Airlines’ international destinations. Continental offers service to 70 destinations in 24 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, including nonstop service to 10 cities in Central America and serves seven South American destinations.

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