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Houston to Africa Flight Set to Take Off

Non-stop service to Lagos, Nigeria will begin on November 16

November 1, 2011

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Lagos is considered to be the economic, commercial and cultural center of Nigeria.
On November 16, Continental Airlines will launch non-stop service between Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Lagos, Nigeria.

“The Houston Airport System is excited about the arrival of this historic African route,” says Mario Diaz, the city of Houston’s aviation director. “It will be the first daily scheduled service offered between Texas and Africa and it will create growth in Houston’s energy industry, linking two energy capitals.”

Continental Airlines will utilize a Boeing 777 aircraft when the service is first launched but in the future, the route will feature Boeing’s newest aircraft, the 787 Dreamliner. The industry-changing aircraft is scheduled to be used for Continental’s flight to Lagos, as well as non-stop service between Houston and Auckland, New Zealand.

Lagos is the economic, commercial and cultural center of Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa and like Houston, is considered to be an energy hub for its home region.

President and CEO of United Continental Holdings Inc., Jeff Smisek, says the economic climate found in both regions played a big role in the airline’s decision to establish service. “This flight will link two energy capitals,” Smisek says. “And it will fill the growing demand for non-stop service between the two cities, a route which is currently not served by any other airline.”

Flying times will be approximately 11 hours eastbound and 12 hours and 30 minutes westbound. The new flight will reduce travel time between the two cities by more than four hours by eliminating any connection en route.  The flight will be timed to provide convenient connections at Continental’s Houston hub to more than 100 other cities throughout the U.S., Canada, Latin America and the Pacific.

Continental will operate the approximately 6,500 mile flight using the following schedule:

Depart Houston

Arrive Lagos

Depart Lagos

Arrive Houston


3:45 p.m.

9:40 a.m.
(next day)

11:10 a.m.

4:40 p.m.
(same day)


3:50 p.m.

9:15 a.m.
(next day)

10:45 a.m.

4:40 p.m.
(same day)

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