December 05, 2012 at 17:00 PM EST
OMA Reports an 8.3% Increase in November 2012 Passenger Traffic
  • 15 consecutive months of traffic growth

MONTERREY, Mexico, Dec. 5, 2012 (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 8.3% in November 2012, as compared to November 2011. Domestic traffic increased 9.2%, and international traffic increased 2.5%. Traffic volumes have increased for fifteen months in a row, starting in September 2011, as a result of the recovery of the air transport industry in Mexico and OMA's actions in coordination with the government and private sector to promote greater air connectivity in the markets where our airports are located.

Of total November traffic, 96.6% was commercial aviation and 3.4% was general aviation.

Total Passengers*
Nov-11Nov-12Change %Jan-Nov 2011Jan-Nov 2012Change %
Domestic 832,660 909,538 9.2 9,116,281 9,843,413 8.0
International 141,488 144,981 2.5 1,603,148 1,645,700 2.7
OMA Total974,1481,054,5198.3 10,719,42911,489,1137.2
* Terminal passengers: includes passengers on the three types of aviation (commercial, charter, and general aviation), and excludes passengers in transit.  

Domestic traffic increased in eleven airports in November, with the most noteworthy increases in Monterrey (+11.1%), Reynosa (+39.2%), and Mazatlán (+21.0%). In Monterrey, traffic increased principally on the routes to Mexico City, Cancún, and Chihuahua. Reynosa traffic and Mazatlán traffic increased on the Mexico City routes. The most significant reduction was at the San Luis Potosí airport (-8.8%) as a result of a reduction in general aviation traffic.

International traffic increased in six airports in November, with the most significant increases in Monterrey (+11.3%) and Chihuahua (+24.4%). In Monterrey, traffic benefited from the increase in passengers on the routes to Dallas and San Antonio. Chihuahua traffic increased on the Dallas route. The largest decreases were at the Mazatlán (-20.3%) and Zihuatanejo (-11.7%) airports. Mazatlán was affected by reduced traffic on the Seattle, Toronto, and Calgary routes, and Zihuatanejo was affected by a reduction on the Los Angeles route. Interjet opened the Monterrey-San Antonio route during November.

The number of flight operations (takeoffs and landings) in November increased 1.0% as compared to the same month of last year. The number of domestic operations increased 1.2% and international operations decreased 0.5%.

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

This press release may contain forward-looking information and statements. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts. These statements are only predictions based on our current information and expectations and projections about future events. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "target," "estimate," or similar expressions. While OMA's management believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, investors are cautioned that forward-looking information and statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and are generally beyond the control of OMA, that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied or projected by, the forward-looking information and statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those discussed in our most recent annual report filed on Form 20-F under the caption "Risk Factors." OMA undertakes no obligation to publicly update its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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
         jlguerrero@oma.aero
         
         Daniel Wilson
         Zemi Communications
         +1.212.689.9560 ext. 264
         dbmwilson@zemi.com
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