New US-UK flights from Continental

US carrier Continental Airlines has announced that it will launch twice-daily flights to Heathrow from both New York and Houston.

Continental Airlines will launch non-stop flights to London Heathrow from both New York and Houston on March 29th 2008, it has announced.

The carrier will offer twice-daily services to Heathrow from Newark Liberty International airport and Houston George Bush Intercontinental airport.

These flights will operate alongside Continental's existing connections to London Gatwick from New York, Houston and Cleveland.

Larry Kellner, chairman and CEO of Continental, said: "At last we will be able to give our customers something they have long requested – the opportunity to fly to both London's main airports with their preferred airline.

"At the same time, we will be able to show transatlantic travellers already using Heathrow what they have been missing. We look forward to the chance to compete at Europe's most important business airport."

The airline said that the Heathrow flights have been made possible by the Open Skies agreement that was signed by the US and the EU earlier this year.

Heathrow will be the eighth UK airport served by Continental. The airline claims that it operates non-stop transatlantic flights to more airports in the UK and Ireland than any other carrier.

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