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OMA reports an 11.1% increase in July 2016 passenger traffic

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MONTERREY, Mexico, Aug. 04, 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 11.1% in July 2016, as compared to July 2015. Domestic traffic increased 13.4%, and international traffic decreased 4.4%.

Of total July traffic, 98.4% was commercial aviation and 1.6% was general aviation.

 
Total Passengers*
 Jul-15Jul-16Change %Jan-Jul
2015
Jan-Jul
2016
Change %
Domestic1,466,5631,663,531 13.4 8,221,9469,159,385 11.4 
International224,401214,471 (4.4)1,442,7791,426,900 (1.1)
OMA Total1,690,9641,878,002 11.1  9,664,72510,586,285 9.5  
           

* Terminal passengers: includes passengers on the three types of aviation (commercial, charter, and general aviation), and excludes passengers in transit.
                                 
Domestic traffic increased in eleven airports in July. The most noteworthy increases were in Monterrey (+11.3%; +82,376 passengers), Ciudad Juárez (+33.6%; +28,666), Chihuahua (+23.4%; +24,064), and Culiacán (+16.2%; +21,344). Monterrey traffic increased principally because of higher traffic volumes on the Guadalajara and Mérida routes.  Ciudad Juárez traffic increased as a result of higher volumes on its Mexico City and Monterrey routes. Chihuahua traffic increased volumes on its Mexico City route. Culiacán traffic increased principally as a result of increased volumes on the Tijuana route.

Seven new domestic routes opened in July. TAR opened the Ciudad Juárez – Torreón, Ciudad Juárez – Puerto Peñasco, Chihuahua – Hermosillo, Torreón – Bajío, and Torreón -- Ciudad Juárez routes.  VivaAerobus opened the Culiacán – Guadalajara route, and Aeroméxico opened the Monterrey – Mérida route.

International traffic increased in seven airports in July. Traffic increased most significantly in Durango (+80.7%; +2,698 passengers), principally because of higher volumes on its Chicago and Los Angeles routes; Zacatecas (+17.1%; +2,147), principally because of increased traffic on its Los Angeles route; and Culiacán (+105.8%; +2,101) in large part because of traffic on its Phoenix route. Monterrey (-11.3%; -16,127 passengers) recorded the largest decrease, principally because of reduced traffic on its Dallas and Las Vegas routes.

During July, Volaris opened two new routes:  Durango-Los Angeles and Monterrey-Dallas.

The number of flight operations (takeoffs and landings) in July was practically unchanged from the prior year period (+0.1%). The number of domestic operations increased 1.7%, and international operations decreased 10.1%.

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

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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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