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Continental Plans to Trim Flights

June 7, 2001

HOUSTON (AP) _ Continental Airlines is cutting back flights to save money as business travel slows during the economic downturn.

Airline officials said Wednesday they will cancel some off-peak weekend flights and use smaller jets for several transcontinental flights to reflect the number of passengers aboard.

The Houston-based carrier said it was responding to corporate cutbacks in travel budgets.

Continental’s Anchorage, Alaska, package in the Houston area, which usually runs from June to October, will end a month early, the carrier said. Continental will also divert planes to more popular routes to boost revenue.

But the nation’s fifth-largest carrier will not be withdrawing from any of its markets. Officials said they project the company will show a profit at the end of the fiscal year.

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