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OMA reports a 7.0% increase in February 2017 passenger traffic

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MONTERREY, Mexico, March 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 7.0% in February 2017, as compared to February 2016. Domestic traffic increased 7.9%, and international traffic rose 2.4%.

It should be noted that 2016 was a leap year. Compared to the first 28 days of February 2016, the increase in total traffic was 11.2%.

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

Total Passengers*
  Feb-16 Feb-17 Change % Jan-Feb
2016
Jan-Feb
2017
Change %
Domestic 1,080,806 1,166,196 7.9 2,187,645 2,445,527 11.8
International 206,811 211,770 2.4 433,338 449,008 3.6
OMA Total 1,287,617 1,377,966 7.0 2,620,983 2,894,535 10.4
* Terminal passengers: includes passengers on the three types of aviation (commercial, charter, and general aviation), and excludes passengers in transit.

Domestic traffic increased in ten airports in February. The most noteworthy increases were Monterrey (+9.2%; +46,664 passengers), Culiacán (+11.6%; +13,661), and Chihuahua (+12.6%; +10,118). Monterrey traffic increased principally because of higher traffic volumes on the Guadalajara and Mexico City routes. Culiacán traffic increased because of higher volumes on its Mexico City, Mexicali, Guadalajara, and Tijuana routes. Chihuahua increased traffic principally on its Mexico City route.

International traffic increased in nine airports in February. The largest increases were in Mazatlán (+7.4%; +2,774 passengers) principally as a result of growth in Winnipeg and Calgary traffic; San Luis Potosí (+17.7%; +1,493) as a result of an increase in Houston traffic; Culiacán (+124.4%; +1,204) as a result of growth in Phoenix traffic; and Monterrey (+1.3%, +1,071) as a result of increased traffic on the Denver, Detroit, and Chicago routes.

The number of flight operations (takeoffs and landings) in February decreased 10.6%. The number of domestic operations decreased 10.7%, and international operations decreased 9.6%.

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 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

Paul Rivero Zavala
+52 (81) 8625 4334
privero@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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