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OMA Reports a 6.0% Increase in July 2013 Passenger Traffic

MONTERREY, Mexico, Aug. 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 6.0% in July 2013, as compared to July 2012. Domestic traffic increased 7.3%, and international traffic decreased 2.6%.

Of total July traffic, 98.0% was commercial aviation and 2.0% was general aviation.

Total Passengers*
12-Jul 13-Jul Change % Jan-Jul 2012 Jan-Jul 2013 Change %
Domestic 1,115,265 1,196,509 7.3 6,116,160 6,481,380 6.0
International 171,222 166,850 (2.6) 1,103,949 1,119,481 1.4
OMA Total 1,286,487 1,363,359 6.0 7,220,109 7,600,861 5.3
* Terminal passengers: includes passengers on the three types of aviation (commercial, charter, and general aviation), and excludes passengers in transit.

Domestic traffic increased in twelve airports in July, with the most noteworthy increases in Monterrey (+5.8%), Acapulco (+20.6%), Torreón (+28.1%), Mazatlán (+12.8%), and Reynosa (+23.2%). Monterrey and Acapulco traffic increased principally on the routes to Mexico City and Toluca. Torreón, Mazatlán, and Reynosa increased traffic on their Mexico City routes. Volaris started flying the Ciudad Juárez-Cancún y Chihuahua-Cancún routes in July, and Interjet started operating the Mazatlán-Mexico City, Reynosa-Mexico City, and Torreón-Mexico City routes.

International traffic increased most significantly in Zacatecas (+20.3%) and Culiacán (+69.3%). Zacatecas traffic increased principally on the Dallas route, and Culiacán traffic increased on the Los Angeles route. The most significant reductions were in Monterrey (-3.0%), San Luis Potosí (-17.1%), and Torreón (-20.5%). The Monterrey and San Luis Potosí airports were affected by reductions on their Houston routes, while Torreón was affected by a reduction in passenger traffic to Dallas. Volaris began operating the Culiacán-Los Angeles route in July.

The number of flight operations (takeoffs and landings) in July decreased 2.8% as compared to the same month of last year. The number of domestic operations decreased 2.4% and international operations decreased 5.0%.

The complete traffic report is available at http://ir.oma.aero

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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 http://ir.oma.aero.

CONTACT: Jose Luis Guerrero Cortes OMA, CFO +52.81.8625.4300 ext.308 jlguerrero@oma.aero Daniel Wilson Zemi Communications +1.212.689.9560 dbmwilson@zemi.comSource:Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte S.A.B. de C.V.