OMA Reports a 22.9% Increase in March 2015 Passenger Traffic

MONTERREY, Mexico, April 6, 2015 (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 22.9% in March 2015, as compared to March 2014. Domestic traffic increased 23.0%, and international traffic increased 22.6%.

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

Total Passengers*
Mar-14 Mar-15 Change % Jan-Mar
Change %
Domestic 955,873 1,175,688 23.0 2,677,280 3,140,635 17.3
International 197,853 242,603 22.6 558,738 661,823 18.4
OMA Total 1,153,726 1,418,291 22.9 3,236,018 3,802,458 17.5
* Terminal passengers: includes passengers on the three types of aviation (commercial, charter, and general aviation), and excludes passengers in transit.

Domestic traffic increased in all thirteen airports in March. The most noteworthy increases were in Monterrey (+30.5%; +132,935 passengers), Acapulco (+36.6%; +17,188), Chihuahua (+24.0%; +15,591), and Tampico (+29.4% +13,828). Monterrey traffic increased principally on the Mexico City, Cancún, Bajío, and Villahermosa routes. Acapulco increased traffic on its Mexico City, Monterrey, and Tijuana routes. Chihuahua increased traffic on the Mexico City and Monterrey routes. Tampico increased traffic on the Mexico City, Monterrey, and Villahermosa routes.

Five new domestic routes opened during March. VivaAerobus started the Monterrey-Puerto Escondido route. Volaris started flying the Culiacán-La Paz, Culiacán-San José del Cabo, Torreón-Guadalajara, and Torreón-Tijuana routes.

International traffic increased in nine airports in March. Traffic increased most significantly in Monterrey (+39.4%; +30,341 passengers), principally as a result of increased traffic on the Houston route.

Two new international routes opened in March. Aeroméxico opened the Monterrey-Miami route, and VivaAerobus started flying the Monterrey-Dallas route.

The number of flight operations (takeoffs and landings) in March increased 8.1% as compared to the same month of 2014. The number of domestic operations increased 6.9% and international operations increased 14.9%.

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.