OMA Reports a 5.6% Increase in January 2013 Passenger Traffic

MONTERREY, Mexico, Feb. 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 5.6% in January 2013, as compared to January 2012. Domestic traffic increased 6.1%, and international traffic decreased 3.4%.

Of total January traffic, 97.3% was commercial aviation and 2.7% was general aviation.

 
 Jan-12Jan-13Change %
Domestic 767,254 814,306 6.1
International 172,403 178,254 3.4
OMA Total939,657992,5605.6
* Terminal passengers: includes passengers on the three types of aviation (commercial, charter, and general aviation), and excludes passengers in transit.

Domestic traffic increased in nine airports in January, with the most noteworthy increases in Monterrey (+9.2%), Reynosa (+50.2%), Culiacán (+9.7%), and Chihuahua (+6.8%). In Monterrey and Reynosa, traffic increased principally on the routes to Mexico City. Culiacán traffic increased on the Tijuana route. Chihuahua increased traffic on the Monterrey and Guadalajara routes. The largest traffic reductions were in Zihuatanejo (-17.5%), Ciudad Juárez (-5.1%), and Durango (-9.2%). Zihuatanejo and Ciudad Juárez traffic were affected by reductions in traffic on the Mexico City routes, while Durango had a reduction in general aviation traffic.

International traffic increased most significantly in Monterrey (+12.1%), with increases on the Dallas and Chicago routes. The largest decreases were at the Zacatecas (-30.2%) and Mazatlán (-6.0%) airports. Zacatecas was affected by reductions on the Chicago and Los Angeles routes. Mazatlán was affected by reduced traffic on the Seattle and Houston routes. 

The number of flight operations (takeoffs and landings) in January decreased 3.7% as compared to the same month of last year. The number of domestic operations decreased 4.7% and international operations increased 2.4%.

The full 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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