Tulsans have the opportunity to fly direct to Cleveland, Ohio, after Continental Airlines expanded its Cleveland hub, beginning in April.
The new flights from Tulsa International to Cleveland will commence April 6, departing at 7 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The 835-mile flight is scheduled to last two hours and 28 minutes.
The new service to Cleveland complements Continental’s existing service from Tulsa. Currently Continental provides one daily flight to its Newark/New York hub and up to nine daily flights to its Houston hub.
“Tulsa travelers have shown strong support for the high-quality, full-service flights we currently offer here,” said Greg Hart, staff vice president-scheduling. “By introducing service to Cleveland, we give our local customers more options for traveling to the destinations they want to reach around the world. In addition, we make a valuable contribution to the local economy by bringing in more visitors and improving access to the business community.”
Return flights will depart Cleveland each day at 9:00 a.m. and 8:45 p.m. This schedule makes it convenient for local business travelers to make a round-trip to Cleveland in one day, if desired.
Continental Airlines announced the expansion of its Cleveland hub earlier this month. Continental added direct service to 12 new markets, said Nikki Wheaton, Continental spokeswoman.
At Cleveland, travelers have the ability to connect to dozens of additional destinations throughout the Midwest, Northeast, Canada and Europe – including London and Paris. Continental’s hub at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is uncongested and has modern facilities including a relaxing Presidents Club lounge for members, Wheaton said.
Upon completion in early 2008 of the second phase of an expansion program under way at Cleveland, Continental will be providing 300 daily flights to 100 destinations, the majority of which will be accessible via the new flights from Tulsa.
Flights will be operated by Continental Express regional jets. A flight attendant on-board provides cabin service and a lavatory is located at the rear of the aircraft.
No other airline currently provides nonstop service from Tulsa to Cleveland.
Continental will inaugurate the service with a low introductory nonstop fare of $198 round trip to Cleveland. Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 28, 2007. The fare is valid for travel from the day the service starts until Aug. 28, 2008. A three-night or Friday night stay is required. Tickets are non-refundable and a $100 change fee applies. The sale fare does not include a $3.40 per segment fee (each way), a $2.50 per segment September 11 security fee (each way), and passenger facility chares up to $18 (round trip). Fares subject to change without notice, seats are limited and other restrictions apply.
Cleveland is a growing hub for Continental and, as the home to many Fortune 500 companies, is an important Midwest business center. In addition, Cleveland provides visitors with interesting entertainment options, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, competitive major league sports teams, “The Flats” dining/entertainment district and easy access to Lake Erie.
Continental Airlines is the world’s fifth largest airline.