DENVER -- Continental Airlines yesterday made good on earlier warnings that it was closing its Denver crew base, all but confirming the end of Denver as the airline's second hub and darkening prospects for traffic at the new and problem-plagued Denver International Airport.

In a recorded message Wednesday to employees, Continental president Bob Ferguson said the shutdown would occur by Nov. 1. The airline has 3,000 employees remaining in Denver, about half of them flight crew members.

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