OMA Reports a 5.5% Increase in September 2013 Passenger Traffic

MONTERREY, Mexico, Oct. 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 5.5% in September 2013, as compared to September 2012. Domestic traffic increased 6.7%, and international traffic decreased 3.3%.

Of total September traffic, 97.7% was commercial aviation and 2.3% was general aviation.

Total Passengers*
Sep-12 Sep-13 Change % Jan-Sep 2012 Jan-Sep 2013 Change %
Domestic 861,640 919,757 6.7 8,010,307 8,479,316 5.9
International 121,420 117,396 (3.3) 1,369,654 1,377,830 0.6
OMA Total 983,060 1,037,153 5.5 9,379,961 9,857,146 5.1
* Terminal passengers: includes passengers on the three types of aviation (commercial, charter, and general aviation), and excludes passengers in transit.

Domestic traffic increased in twelve airports in September, with the most noteworthy increases in Acapulco (+50.9%), Monterrey (+2.1%), and Reynosa (+30.4%). Acapulco traffic increased principally as a result of the operation of an "air bridge" to evacuate travelers stranded after the passage of Hurricane Manuel, with increased traffic on the Mexico City route. Monterrey increased traffic on the Mexico City, Toluca, and Querétaro routes. Reynosa increased traffic on the Mexico City and Guadalajara routes. Domestic traffic decreased in San Luis Potosí (-17.5%), as a result of lower traffic on the Mexico City route. VivaAerobus started operating the Monterrey-Querétaro, Reynosa-Guadalajara, and Torreón-Guadalajara routes in September.

International traffic increased most significantly in Zacatecas (+22.6%), as a result of an increase in traffic to Los Angeles. The most significant reduction was in Monterrey (-3.5%), as a result of a reduction in traffic on the Las Vegas and Houston routes.

The number of flight operations (takeoffs and landings) in September decreased 2.7% as compared to the same month of last year. The number of domestic operations decreased 2.1% and international operations decreased 7.5%.

During September, Hurricane Manuel struck Mexico's Pacific coast, affecting the state of Guerrero and other parts of Mexico. OMA does not expect that Manuel will result in a material impact on its financial results, as a consequence of the storm's effects on its Pacific airports: Acapulco, Zihuatanejo, Culiacán, and Mazatlán.

The Acapulco and Zihuatanejo airports worked tirelessly through the emergency caused by the passage of Manuel, in coordination with government agencies and the airlines, to assist stranded passengers and aid in their evacuation. An air bridge from Acapulco to Mexico City from September 17-20 evacuated 24,177 passengers; the Zihuatanejo airport evacuated 4,651 individuals to Mexico City, Morelia, Queretaro, Puebla, Toluca, and Bajío from September 18-21.

OMA waived passenger charges and airport service fees during these emergency operations. The Mazatlán and Zihuatanejo airport continued to operate normally despite the storm. The Culiacán airport closed in the afternoon of September 19 because of minimal visibility, but without any impact on its installations. The Acapulco airport restored operations from its terminal building on September 22, after five days of air bridge operations, and has operated normally since that date. Excluding the air bridge operations, total passenger traffic growth for September would have been 2.6%.

The complete traffic report is available at

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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, visit

CONTACT: Jose Luis Guerrero Cortes OMA, CFO +52.81.8625.4300 ext.308 Daniel Wilson Zemi Communications +1.212.689.9560 dbmwilson@zemi.comSource:Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte S.A.B. de C.V.