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OMA reports an 8.5% increase in February 2018 passenger traffic

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  • The Monterrey (+8.6%), Culiacán (+27.3%), and Ciudad Juárez (+18.0%) airports contributed most to traffic growth
  • 8 new routes opened in February

MONTERREY, Mexico, March 06, 2018 (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 8.5% in February 2018, as compared to February 2017. Domestic traffic increased 9.1%, and international traffic increased 5.1%.

Total Passengers*
  Feb-17 Feb-18 Change % Jan-Feb
2017
Jan-Feb
2018
Change %
Domestic 1,166,196 1,272,319 9.1 2,445,527 2,609,754 6.7
International 211,770 222,626 5.1 449,008 470,812 4.9
OMA Total 1,377,966 1,494,945 8.5 2,894,535 3,080,566 6.4
* Terminal passengers: includes passengers on the three types of aviation (commercial, charter, and general aviation), and excludes passengers in transit.
 

During February 2018, domestic traffic increased in nine airports, with the largest increases in:

  • Monterrey (+8.8%; +48,618 passengers), with 47% of OMA's domestic traffic, increased principally because of higher passenger traffic on the Cancún, Tijuana, Querétaro, Mexicali, Veracruz, Mexico City, Mérida, and Ciudad Juárez routes.
  • Culiacán (+28.2%; +37,193), OMA's second largest airport, with 13% of domestic traffic, increased as a result of additional traffic on the Tijuana and Guadalajara routes.
  • Ciudad Juárez (+17.9%; +13,583), had increases on its Guadalajara and Monterrey routes.  

In February, Interjet opened the Ciudad Juárez – Culiacán, Culiacán – Ciudad Juárez, Culiacán – Chihuahua, Chihuahua – Culiacán, Culiacán – Hermosillo, and Culiacán – La Paz routes; and TAR opened the Monterrey – Torreón, and Torreón – Monterrey routes.

International traffic also grew in nine airports in February, with the largest increase in Monterrey (+7.4%; +6,063 passengers), as a result of traffic increases on the Atlanta and Las Vegas routes.

Of total February traffic, 98.8% was commercial aviation and 1.2% was general aviation.

OMA's complete traffic report, including tables, 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:

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Emmanuel Camacho 
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