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OMA reports a 10.8% increase in March 2018 passenger traffic

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  • The Monterrey (+10.1%), Culiacán (+42.3%), and Ciudad Juárez (+13.5%) airports contributed most to traffic growth
  • 8 new routes opened in March

MONTERREY, Mexico, April 05, 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 10.8% in March 2018, as compared to March 2017. Domestic traffic increased 11.4%, and international traffic increased 7.5%.

Total Passengers*
  Mar-17   Mar-18   Change %   Jan-Mar
2017
  Jan-Mar
2018
  Change %  
Domestic 1,394,716   1,553,336   11.4   3,840,243   4,163,090   8.4  
International 248,679   267,321   7.5   697,687   738,133   5.8  
OMA Total 1,643,395   1,820,657   10.8   4,537,930   4,901,223   8.0  
* Terminal passengers: includes passengers on the three types of aviation (commercial, charter, and general aviation), and excludes passengers in transit.

During March 2018, domestic traffic increased in ten airports, with the largest increases in:

  • Monterrey (+9.9%; +67,299 passengers), with 48% of OMA's domestic traffic, increased principally because of higher passenger traffic on the Cancún, Tijuana, Mexicali, Veracruz, Querétaro, San José del Cabo, and Mérida routes.

  • Culiacán (+43.4%; +61,708), OMA's second largest airport, with 13% of domestic traffic, increased as a result of additional traffic on the Tijuana, Guadalajara, and La Paz routes.

  • Ciudad Juárez (+13.4%; +12,728) had increases on its Guadalajara and Cancún routes.         

In March, Aeromar opened the Acapulco – Guadalajara and Zihuatanejo – Guadalajara routes; VivaAerobus started the Chihuahua – Cancún and Monterrey – Querétaro routes; TAR opened the Ciudad Juárez – Durango and Durango – Ciudad Juárez routes; and Aeroméxico began operting the Monterrey – Mérida route.

International traffic grew in nine airports in March, with the largest increase in Monterrey (+10.9%; +11,063 passengers), as a result of increases in the number of passengers on the Detroit, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas routes.

During the month, Aeroméxico opened the Monterrey – Detroit route.

Of total passenger traffic, 98.9% was commercial, and 1.1% was general aviation.

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:

•              Webpage http://ir.oma.aero
•              Twitter http://twitter.com/OMAeropuertos
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CONTACT:

Chief Financial Officer
Ruffo Pérez Pliego
+52 (81) 8625 4300
rperezpliego@oma.aero

Investor Relations: 
Emmanuel Camacho 
+52 (81) 8625 4308
ecamacho@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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