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OMA reports a 5.9% increase in March 2017 passenger traffic

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MONTERREY, Mexico, April 05, 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 5.9% in March 2017, as compared to March 2016. Domestic traffic increased 6.0%, and international traffic rose 5.7%.

It should be noted that year-over-year comparisons are affected by the fact that the Holy Week vacation period occurred in March 2016 and will take place in April this year.

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

Total Passengers*
  Mar-16 Mar-17 Change % Jan-Mar
2016
Jan-Mar
2017
Change %
Domestic 1,315,800 1,394,716 6.0 3,503,445 3,840,243 9.6
International 235,322 248,679 5.7 668,660 697,687 4.3
OMA Total 1,551,122 1,643,395 5.9 4,172,105 4,537,930 8.8
* Terminal passengers: includes passengers on the three types of aviation (commercial, charter, and general aviation), and excludes passengers in transit.

Domestic traffic increased in seven airports in March. The most noteworthy increases were Monterrey (+8.2%; +51,560 passengers), Chihuahua (+22.3%; +20,175), and Ciudad Juárez (+11.7%; +9,932). Monterrey traffic increased principally because of higher traffic volumes on the Mexico City and Guadalajara routes. Chihuahua increased traffic principally on its Mexico City route.  Ciudad Juárez traffic increased principally because of higher volumes on its Guadalajara, Mexico City, and Monterrey routes.

During March, four domestic routes opened.  Aeromar began flying the Culiacán- Guadalajara and Culiacán- Hermosillo routes; and TAR opened the Chihuahua-Querétaro and Zihuatanejo-Bajío routes.

International traffic increased in eight airports in March. The largest increases were in Mazatlán (+18.1%; +7,232 passengers), in large part because of increased traffic on Calgary, Winnipeg, and Dallas routes; and Zihuatanejo (+10.9%; +4,501) as a result of an increases in traffic on the Calgary and Vancouver routes.

The number of flight operations (takeoffs and landings) in March decreased 3.6%.  The number of domestic operations decreased 3.8%, and international operations decreased 2.0%.

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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