OMA to Build a New Terminal for the Acapulco Airport

  • First phase will include 14,000 m² on two levels
  • Capacity of 1 million passengers per year, with ability to expand to 2 million
  • Work to begin before the end of 2014

MONTERREY, Mexico, July 25, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mexican airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte, S.A.B. de C.V., known as OMA (Nasdaq:OMAB) (BMV:OMA), announces that it will invest more than Ps. 350 million in the first phase of a new passenger terminal for the Acapulco International Airport. The investment is included in the Master Development Plan for the airport, and will help promote Acapulco as a tourist destination.

The new modern building will be designed to serve up to one million passengers per year, with the ability to expand capacity to two million in the medium term.

The terminal building's vanguard design will incorporate sustainable building concepts and characteristics, and harmonize with Acapulco's natural environment, combining concrete, glass, and large interior and exterior gardens.

The architecture and configuration will allow for efficient operations and low energy consumption, as one of its principal characteristics.

The new terminal will include complete flow separation of arriving and departing passengers, on both domestic and international flights, and will include latest generation systems and technologies.

Construction will adhere to high standards of efficiency and quality, offering ample, comfortable spaces for domestic and international airlines, passengers, authorities, and service providers. The commercial and passenger services areas will be complemented with modern signage and information systems.

The existing terminal building will be demolished. The initial phase of work will include logistical work and partial closure of the airport, without affecting service or airport operations. This phase is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2014 and be completed in the first months of 2015.

The new building will be adjacent to the existing structure, in order to take advantage of the excellent airside infrastructure – runway, platform, and taxiways. The building will meet the standards for construction in seismic areas.

OMA's CEO, Porfirio Gonzalez, noted, "The new terminal will be distinctive, and will play an important role in promoting the new image of Acapulco, both at home and abroad. OMA will also continue to coordinate our activities with those of federal and state government, the hotel industry, and service providers to promote Acapulco's connectivity with more routes and more flight frequencies."

TAX Arquitectura, led by Alberto Kalach, will undertake the design.

OMA has been remodeling, expanding, and building new infrastructure in all 13 of its airports, meeting the highest standards of operational and airport security, and continuous improvement in the services available to passengers and airline clients, since over the life of its concession agreement. OMA has received certifications as a Safe Company, and Quality and Environmental certifications. OMA has also been recognized as a Socially Responsible Company, and its shares are included in the Sustainability Index of the Mexican Stock Exchange.

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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 and commercial areas 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 third 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:

CONTACT: OMA Headquarters: +52.81.8625.4300 Chief Financial Officer Jose Luis Guerrero Cortes Ext.308 Corporate Communications Paola Fernandez Ext. 350 Investor Relations in USA: Daniel Wilson / Zemi Communications +1.212.689.9560Source:Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte S.A.B. de C.V.