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OMA reports a 15.5% increase in September 2016 passenger traffic

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MONTERREY, Mexico, Oct. 05, 2016 (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 15.5% in September 2016, as compared to September 2015. Domestic traffic increased 16.7%, and international traffic increased 6.4%.

Of total September traffic, 98.2% was commercial aviation and 1.8% was general aviation.

Total Passengers*
 Aug-15Aug-16Change %Jan-Aug
2015
Jan-Aug
2016
Change %
Domestic1,387,0781,567,922 13.0 9,609,02410,727,307 11.6 
International197,310186,170 (5.6)1,640,0891,613,070 (1.6)
OMA Total1,584,3881,754,092 10.7  11,249,11312,340,377 9.7  

* 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 September. The most noteworthy increases were in Monterrey (+17.4%; +99,880 passengers), Culiacán (+21.0%; +22,714), Chihuahua (+22.9%; +19,323), and Ciudad Juárez (+28.4%; +19,305). Monterrey traffic increased principally because of higher traffic volumes on the Mexico City, Cancún, Guadalajara and Tijuana routes.  Culiacán traffic increased as a result of higher volumes on its Tijuana Guadalajara, and Mexicali routes. Chihuahua and Ciudad Juárez increased traffic principally on their Mexico City routes.

TAR opened the Tampico – Veracruz route in September.

International traffic increased in nine airports in September. Traffic increased most significantly in Durango (+211.7%; +2,915 passengers), principally because of higher volumes on its Chicago and Los Angeles routes.  Monterrey (+2.6%; +2,657 passengers) increased traffic principally on its Houston and Chicago routes.

The number of flight operations (takeoffs and landings) in September increased 8.8%.  The number of domestic operations increased 9.6%, and international operations increased 3.5%.

OMA's 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 update publicly 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 the NH Collection hotel inside Terminal 2 of the Mexico City airport and the Hilton Garden Inn at the Monterrey 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, and ISO 9001:2008 environmental standards. 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: Chief Financial Officer Vicsaly Torres Ruiz +52 (81) 8625 4300 vtorres@oma.aero Investor Relations: Emmanuel Camacho +52 (81) 8625 4308 ecamacho@oma.aero Laury Franco Castillo +52 (81) 8625 4377 lfranco@oma.aero Manuel Higinio de León +52 (81) 8625 4334 mdeleon@oma.aero In the US: Daniel Wilson /Zemi Communications +1 (212) 689 9560 dbmwilson@zemi.com Media Relations: Paola Fernández +52 (81) 8625 4300 pfernandez@oma.aero

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