OMA Reports a 6.9% Increase in July 2014 Passenger Traffic

MONTERREY, Mexico, Aug. 5, 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 6.9% in July 2014, as compared to July 2013. Domestic traffic increased 7.3%, and international traffic increased 4.5%.

Of total July traffic, 98.5% was commercial aviation and 1.5% was general aviation.

Total Passengers*
Jul-13 Jul-14 Change % Jan-Jul 2013 Jan-Jul 2014 Change %
Domestic 1,196,509 1,283,705 7.3 6,481,380 7,089,147 9.4
International 166,850 174,358 4.5 1,119,481 1,183,565 5.7
OMA Total 1,363,359 1,458,063 6.9 7,600,861 8,272,712 8.8
* Terminal passengers: includes passengers on the three types of aviation (commercial, charter, and general aviation), and excludes passengers in transit.

Domestic traffic increased in nine airports in July. The most noteworthy increases were in Monterrey (+9.4%; +55,320 passengers), San Luis Potosí (+73.3%; +11,899), and Reynosa (+33.9%; +11,898). Monterrey traffic increased principally on the Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, Chihuahua, and Querétaro routes. San Luis Potosí traffic increased on the Mexico City, Cancún, Monterrey, and Tijuana routes. Reynosa increased traffic on its Mexico City, Guadalajara, Cancún, and Veracruz routes. Traffic decreased most in Acapulco (-5.5%; -3,178 passengers), principally as a result of decreased traffic on the Toluca route. In July, TAR opened the Monterrey – Puerto Vallarta and Zihuatanejo - Guadalajara routes.

International traffic increased in ten airports in July. Traffic increased most significantly in Monterrey (+4.0%; +3,956 passengers), as a result of increased traffic on the Atlanta and Houston routes. The most significant reduction in traffic was in Mazatlán (-12.2%; -1,644 passengers), principally as a result of lower traffic on the Phoenix route. In July, Volaris began operating the Chihuahua – Denver route.

The number of flight operations (takeoffs and landings) in July increased 6.9% as compared to the same month of last year. The number of domestic operations increased 7.4% and international operations increased 3.7%.

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