Business 100 - 2008

Patricia Cunningham/Continental Airlines

Patricia Cunningham is the Manager of Transatlantic Leisure Sales at Continental Airlines, the fourth-largest airline in the United States, employing 45,000 people and serving 287 destinations worldwide.  Continental, along with Continental Express and Continental Connections, services more international destination than any other U.S. carrier. Patricia manages leisure sales for 30 destinations in Europe. These include three airport gateways on the island of Ireland – Belfast, Dublin and Shannon – the only transatlantic carrier with direct nonstop service to all three.

Patricia was named the 2007 winner of the Chairman’s Award at Continental Airlines for outstanding sales achievements. She is past-President of the Airline Sales Manager Association in New York City and was the first female President of SKAL of Northern New Jersey, the worldwide travel trade organization. She also is a Board Member of The Ireland-U.S. Council. A second-generation Irish-American  she traces her roots on her father’s side to County Roscommon.