MONTERREY, Mexico, March 20, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mexican airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte, S.A.B. de C.V., known as OMA (Nasdaq:OMAB) (BMV:OMA), announced that the Monterrey International Airport was awarded Civil Aerodrome Certification by the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT). This certification verifies that the airport meets the international standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the national standards of the SCT, as verified by Civil Aviation General Directorate (DGAC).
The delivery of the certificate took place today in a ceremony at the airport presided by Capt. Gilberto Lopez Meyer, the head of the DGAC. Receiving the certificate were Diego Quintana, the Chairman of the Board of OMA, Porfirio Gonzalez, OMA's CEO, and Enrique Navarro, the Administrator of the Monterrey Airport, in the presence of other government officials, representatives of the airlines, and airport service providers.
The certification demonstrates compliance with international technical standards for airport air-side activities, after verifying that the airport ensures the safety of its installations, systems, services, and that personnel have received training required to carry out operations using the appropriate procedures in accordance with norms.
In order to qualify for certification, the Monterrey Airport coordinated and carried out a series of initiatives, investments, documentation of procedures, specialized technical studies, and on-site verification of operational infrastructure including runways, taxiways, platforms, visual aids, signage, operational procedures, and an intensive training program to accredit personnel, all of which was verified by the DGAC's Verification Unit.
With this validation, OMA confirms its objective to develop its airports in a manner that improves operational efficiency and ensures at all times operational and airport safety for airlines, passengers, and other users of airport facilities.
OMA has made a commitment with the DGAC to extend the certification project to OMA's other airports, starting with the Torreón and Zihuatanejo airports this year. The project will continue until all thirteen OMA airports have been certified, while at the same time keeping all safety procedures up to date, based on industry trends, regulations, and national and international norms.
Diego Quintana, OMA's chairman, confirmed that the certification process is one of the strategic initiatives of the company, and will continue in order to reach the objective of meeting the highest standards of efficiency, quality, and safety, in accordance with the requirements of the concession granted by the Federal Government.
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
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