OMA Reports a 5.9% Increase in April 2013 Passenger Traffic

MONTERREY, Mexico, May 7, 2013 (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 5.9% in April 2013, as compared to April 2012. Domestic traffic increased 7.7%, and international traffic decreased 3.6%. It should be noted that year over year comparisons are affected by the fact that the Holy Week vacation period took place in April 2012, while in 2013 it occurred in March.

Of total April traffic, 97.6% was commercial aviation and 2.4% was general aviation.

Total Passengers*
Apr-12 Apr-13 Change % Jan-Apr 2012 Jan-Apr 2013 Change %
Domestic 845,795 910,609 7.7 3,223,750 3,408,718 5.7
International 155,405 149,780 (3.6) 673,145 681,061 1.2
OMA Total 1,001,200 1,060,389 5.9 3,896,895 4,089,779 4.9
* 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 April, with the most noteworthy increases in Monterrey (+12.7%), Reynosa (+20.4%), and Torreón (+16.2%). Monterrey traffic increased principally on the routes to Mexico City and Guadalajara. Reynosa and Torreón increased traffic on their Mexico City routes. The largest traffic reductions were in Zihuatanejo (-17.8%) and Ciudad Juárez (-3.4%). Both airports were affected by reductions on their Mexico City routes. VivaAerobus started operation of the Tampico-Toluca route during April.

International traffic increased most significantly in Zacatecas (+15.7%), with increases on the Chicago route. The largest decreases were in Zihuatanejo (-25.4%) and Monterrey (-1.5%), as a result of reductions on the routes to Los Angeles and Houston, respectively.

The number of flight operations (takeoffs and landings) in April decreased 0.7% as compared to the same month of last year. The number of domestic operations increased 0.3% and international operations decreased 7.0%.

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, please visit us at:

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.