Continental Airlines to launch non-stop New York flights

Continental Airlines has announced that it will begin flying non-stop between Jackson, Mississippi and New York from September.

The daily flight will travel to and from the Big Apple's Newark Liberty International Airport and complements an existing service between Houston and Mississippi.

Passengers can book tickets for the new service now and take advantage of being able to use New York as a hub from which to catch other connecting flights.

"I've been pleased to work with Continental Airlines to secure what will be the first non-stop commercial flight between Mississippi and the New York metropolitan area," commented Senator Trent Lott.

"This will give Mississippians a direct link to our nation's business centre and one of America's top tourist destinations."

Earlier this month, Continental Airlines announced the launch of a new daily non-stop flight between New York and Athens, beginning in June.