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OMA reports a 2.6% decrease in September 2017 passenger traffic

  • Reductions in flights between OMA's airports and Mexico City and natural disasters affected traffic

MONTERREY, Mexico, Oct. 06, 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 decreased 2.6% in September 2017, as compared to September 2016. Domestic traffic decreased 2.8%, and international traffic decreased 1.2%.

Total Passengers*
  Sep-16 Sep-17 Change % Jan-Sep
Change %
Domestic 1,341,262 1,303,400 (2.8 ) 12,068,569 12,815,095 6.2
International 161,724 159,782 (1.2 ) 1,774,794 1,837,382 3.5
OMA Total 1,502,986 1,463,182 (2.6 ) 13,843,363 14,652,477 5.8
* Terminal passengers: includes passengers on the three types of aviation (commercial, charter, and general aviation), and excludes passengers in transit.

Domestic traffic increased in Culiacán (+4.9%, +6,402 passengers) and Ciudad Juárez (+4.7%, +4,113) as a result of increased traffic on their Guadalajara routes.

Domestic traffic volumes were affected principally as a result of reductions in frequencies on flights between OMA's airports and Mexico City, as well as the effects of Hurricane Max (in Acapulco) and the earthquakes of September 7 and 19 in central and southern Mexico. These factors reduced traffic by an estimated 54,000 passengers.  These reductions were partially compensated by increased traffic on the Cancún, Toluca, Tijuana, Guadalajara, and Querétaro routes.

International traffic grew in nine airports in September, with the largest increase in Mazatlán (+29.8%; +1,992 passengers), as a result of growth on the Phoenix and Dallas routes. However, the temporary suspension of operations because of Hurricane Harvey in Houston – the principal international destination for OMA's airports – resulted in a reduction of about 3,100 passengers, and was the principal cause of the 1.2% decrease in total international traffic.

Of total September traffic, 99.0% was commercial aviation and 1.0% was general aviation.

During the month, TAR opened the Culiacán – Hermosillo and Tampico – Guadalajara routes; VivaAerobús opened the Monterrey – Puebla route; and Aeroméxico opened the Monterrey – Los Angeles route.

Total available seats decreased 6.8% in September 2017.

OMA's complete traffic report, with tables, is available at

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:


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