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OMA reports a 13.7% increase in January 2017 passenger traffic


MONTERREY, Mexico, Feb. 07, 2017 (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 13.7% in January 2017, as compared to January 2016. Domestic traffic increased 15.6%, and international traffic increased 4.7%.

Of total January traffic, 98.3% was commercial aviation and 1.7% was general aviation.

Total Passengers*  
Change %  
Domestic       1,106,839 1,279,331 15.6  
International       226,527 237,238 4.7  
OMA Total       1,333,366 1,516,569 13.7  
* Terminal passengers: includes passengers on the three types of aviation (commercial, charter, and general aviation), and excludes passengers in transit. 

Domestic traffic increased in all 13 airports in January. The most noteworthy increases were Monterrey (+15.1%; +77,028 passengers), Culiacán (+20.6%; +25,203), Chihuahua (+29.2%; +22,147), and Ciudad Juárez (+20.9%; +15,287). Monterrey traffic increased principally because of higher traffic volumes on the Mexico City and Guadalajara routes. Culiacán traffic increased because of higher volumes on its Tijuana, Guadalajara, Mexicali, and Mexico City routes. Ciudad Juárez and Chihuahua increased traffic principally on their Mexico City routes.

International traffic increased in eleven airports in January. The largest increases were in Mazatlán (+8.4%; +3,179 passengers) principally as a result of growth in Calgary and Winnipeg traffic; Culiacán (+192.9%; +2,230) as a result of growth in Phoenix traffic; and San Luis Potosí (+21.7%; +2,095) as a result of an increase in Houston traffic.  

During January, two international routes were opened. Volaris opened the Zihuatanejo-Chicago route and Norwegian Air opened the seasonal Zihuatanejo-Milwaukee route.

The number of flight operations (takeoffs and landings) in January increased 1.6%.  The number of domestic operations increased 2.0%, and international operations decreased 0.5%.

OMA's complete traffic report is available at

This report 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 is listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange (OMA) and on the NASDAQ Global Select Market (OMAB). For more information, visit:


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