OMA Reports a 1.2% Increase in February 2013 Passenger Traffic

MONTERREY, Mexico, March 7, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mexican airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte, S.A.B. de C.V., known as OMA (Nasdaq:OMAB) (BMV:OMA), reports that terminal passenger traffic at its 13 airports increased 1.2% in February 2013, as compared to February 2012. Domestic traffic increased 1.6%, and international traffic decreased 0.7%. February 2012 had 29 days, affecting the year over year comparisons.

Of total February traffic, 97.5% was commercial aviation and 2.5% was general aviation.

Total Passengers*
 Feb-12Feb-13Change %Jan-Feb 2012Jan-Feb 2013Change %
Domestic 746,898 759,218 1.6 1,514,152 1,573,524 3.9
International 157,698 156,613 (0.7) 330,101 334,867 1.4
OMA Total904,596915,8311.2 1,844,2531,908,3913.5
* Terminal passengers: includes passengers on the three types of aviation (commercial, charter, and general aviation), and excludes passengers in transit.

Domestic traffic increased in seven airports in February, with the most noteworthy increases in Monterrey (+4.6%), Mazatlán (+12.9%), and Reynosa (+43.2%). Monterrey traffic increased principally on the routes to Veracruz and Guadalajara. Mazatlán traffic increased on the Monterrey and Mexico City routes. Reynosa traffic increased on the Mexico City route. The largest traffic reductions were in Ciudad Juárez (-12.4%), San Luis Potosí (-18.3%), and Tampico (-5.3%). Ciudad Juárez and Tampico traffic were affected by reductions in traffic on their Mexico City routes, while San Luis Potosi had a reduction in general aviation traffic. Aeroméxico Connect started operating the Monterrey-Toluca route during February.

International traffic increased most significantly in Monterrey (+11.4%), with increases on the Chicago and Dallas routes. The largest decreases were at the Mazatlán (-13.3%) and Acapulco (-13.4%) airports. Mazatlán was affected by reductions on the Seattle and Houston routes. Acapulco was affected by reduced traffic on the Toronto route. 

The number of flight operations (takeoffs and landings) in February decreased 5.8% as compared to the same month of last year. The number of domestic operations decreased 6.7% and international operations decreased 0.3%.

Traffic during the 28 days of February 2013 compared to the first 28 days of February 2012 showed an increase of 4.9% in total passenger traffic: domestic traffic increased 5.4%, and international traffic increased 2.3%.

OMA's complete traffic report is available at http://ir.oma.aero.

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About OMA

Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte, S.A.B. de C.V., known as OMA, operates 13 international airports in nine states of central and northern Mexico. OMA's airports serve Monterrey, Mexico's third largest metropolitan area, the tourist destinations of Acapulco, Mazatlán, and Zihuatanejo, and nine other regional centers and border cities. OMA also operates a hotel inside Terminal 2 of the Mexico City airport. OMA employs over 1,000 persons in order to offer passengers and clients, airport and commercial services in facilities that comply with all applicable international safety, security standards, and ISO 9001:2008. OMA's strategic shareholder members are ICA, Mexico's largest engineering, procurement, and construction company, and Aéroports de Paris Management, subsidiary of Aéroports de Paris, the second largest European airports operator. OMA is listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange (OMA) and on the NASDAQ Global Select Market (OMAB). For more information, please visit us at:

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