OMA Reports a 2.9% Increase in March 2014 Passenger Traffic

MONTERREY, Mexico, April 4, 2014 (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 2.9% in March 2014, as compared to March 2013. Domestic traffic increased 3.4%, and international traffic increased 0.7%.

It should be noted that the year-over-year comparisons are affected by the fact that the Holy Week vacation period took place principally during March last year, but will occur in April in 2014.

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

Total Passengers*
Mar-13 Mar-14 Change % Jan-Mar 2013 Jan-Mar 2014 Change %
Domestic 924,585 955,873 3.4 2,498,109 2,677,280 7.2
International 196,414 197,853 0.7 531,281 558,738 5.2
OMA Total 1,120,999 1,153,726 2.9 3,029,390 3,236,018 6.8
* Terminal passengers: includes passengers on the three types of aviation (commercial, charter, and general aviation), and excludes passengers in transit.

Domestic traffic increased in ten airports in March, with the most noteworthy increases in Culiacán (+12.5%; +12,626 passengers) and Torreón (+39.4%; +11,191). Culiacán increased traffic on the Tijuana, Guadalajara, and Mexico City routes. Torreón increased traffic on its Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Cancún routes. The most significant reduction was in Monterrey (-1.9%; -8,620 passengers) as a result of lower traffic on the Cancún, San José del Cabo, and Puerto Vallarta routes.

Nineteen domestic routes opened during March, as the result of the joint route development efforts of the airlines and OMA. TAR opened the Acapulco-Zihuatanejo-Querétaro, Acapulco-Querétaro, Durango-Monterrey, Durango-Guadalajara, Monterrey-Querétaro, Monterrey-Durango, Zihuatanejo-Acapulco, and Zihuatanejo-Querétaro routes. Volaris opened the Ciudad Juárez-Monterrey, Culiacán-Monterrey, Chihuahua-Monterrey, Monterrey-Mérida, Monterrey-Veracruz, Monterrey-Culiacán, Monterrey-Ciudad Juárez, Monterrey-Cancún, Monterrey-Chihuahua, Monterrey-Puerto Vallarta, and Monterrey-San José del Cabo routes. The new routes strengthen OMA's expectations for the growth of passenger traffic volumes in the Group's airports.

International traffic increased in six airports in March. Traffic increased most significantly in Zihuatanejo (+23.3%; +7,624 passengers) as a result of increases on the Calgary and Toronto routes, and Mazatlán (+3.2%; +1,219) principally as a result of increases on the Minneapolis route. The most significant reduction was in Monterrey (-8.3%; -6,969 passengers) as a result of lower traffic on the Dallas and San Antonio routes.

The number of flight operations (takeoffs and landings) in March increased 0.1% as compared to the same month of last year. The number of domestic operations increased 1.0% and international operations decreased 5.0%.

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.