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Delegates laud airline’s contribution to economic growth

By Jose Rodriguez T. Señase KOROR (Palau Horizon, Nov. 3, 2010) - The Palau House of Delegates passed a resolution commending Continental Micronesia Airways for its first- rate service and contribution to the economic growth of the region, particularly Palau.

[PIR editor’s note: Continental Micronesia Airways is a subsidiary of Continental Airlines, a major American Airline based in Texas. It’s headquarter is located at the Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport on Guam, and it operates daily flights to Hawaii, Asia, Australia and Micronesia.]

The resolution of commendation, also known as House Joint Resolution No. 8-19-8 and introduced by Delegate Lentcer Basilius, was passed unanimously by the House of Delegates during its session on Thursday.

"Ever since it started service to and from the region in the 1960s, Continental has been our partner in development and progress," Basilius pointed out.

"We express our congratulations to the airline company for its accomplishments and thank it for its contributions to the development of Palau and the rest of the region through this resolution, "he added

The resolution notes that for the past 42 years, Continental Micronesia continues to be an integral part of the economic growth and advancement of the Republic of Palau and the rest of the Micronesian region.

The resolution further states that Continental Micronesia still continues to play an eminent role in supporting and providing assistance to charitable functions for Palau’s communities and organizations.

It added that the Olbiil Era Kelulau recognizes the mutually beneficial outcome of the partnership between Continental Micronesia with the Republic of Palau and anticipates continuing building this relationship in the wake of Continental merger with United Airlines to become the largest airline in the world.

Continental Micronesia is a wholly owned subsidiary airline of Continental Airlines. It operates daily flights to Honolulu, Hawaii, as well as international services to Asia, Micronesia and Australia from its base of operations at Guam International Airport. The airline is headquartered in the old terminal building at the Guam International Airport and in Tamuning, Guam.

Continental Micronesia started its service to and from the region in 1967 when it won a five year contract for routes in Micronesia and created a new enterprise known as Air Micronesia.

The airline currently employs more than 1, 500 employees and operates 236 departures each week to 23 cities and bringing tourists to Palau from Asia, United States and Europe.

In addition to Continental Micronesia President and Chief Executive Officer, Charles Duncan, copies of the resolution will also be sent to Brian Wessling, Continental Airlines director for Asia-Pacific operations; Art Day, Continental Air Micronesia regional manager; Marino Ngemaes, Continental Micronesia Palau station manager; Palau President Johnson Toribiong; Noah Idechong, speaker of the House of Delegates and president of the Senate, Mlib Tmetuchl.

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