SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER
PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 OR 15d-16 UNDER
THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the month of May 2017
GRUPO AEROPORTUARIO DEL CENTRO NORTE, S.A.B. DE C.V.
(CENTRAL NORTH AIRPORT GROUP)
(Translation of Registrant’s Name Into English)
(Jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
Torre Latitud, L501, Piso 5
Av. Lázaro Cárdenas 2225
Col. Valle Oriente, San Pedro Garza García
Nuevo León, México
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover of Form 20-F or Form 40-F.)
|Form 20-F X Form 40-F|
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OMA reports an 11.7% increase in
April 2017 passenger traffic
Monterrey, Mexico, May 8, 2017—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 11.7% in April 2017, as compared to April 2016. Domestic traffic increased 11.6%, and international traffic rose 12.4%. At the same time, the supply of seats grew 6.3%.
It should be noted that year-over-year comparisons benefit from the fact that this year’s Holy Week vacation period occurred in April, while in 2016 it occurred in March.
Of total April traffic, 98.2% was commercial aviation and 1.8% was general aviation.
* Terminal passengers: includes passengers on the three types of aviation (commercial, charter, and general aviation), and excludes passengers in transit.
Domestic traffic increased in eleven airports in April. The most noteworthy increases were Monterrey (+10.5%; +64,506 passengers), Culiacán (+21.4%; +28,281), Chihuahua (+25.8%; +23,112), and Zihuatanejo (+52.9%; +12,562). Monterrey traffic increased principally because of higher traffic volumes on the Cancún route. Culiacán increased traffic principally on its Tijuana and Mexico City routes. Chihuahua and Zihuatanejo traffic increased principally on their Mexico City routes.
The highest volume domestic routes during April were Monterrey-Mexico City, Monterrey-Cancún, Monterrey-Guadalajara, Chihuahua- Mexico City, and Culiacán-Tijuana.
During April, VivaAerobus opened the Zihuatanejo—Mexico City route.
International traffic also increased in eleven airports in April. The largest increases were in Monterrey (+9.8%; +9,301 passengers), in large part because of increased traffic on the Houston and Chicago routes; Zihuatanejo (+20.5%; +3,722), because of increases in traffic on the Montreal and Toronto routes; and Zacatecas (+40.1%, +3,367) because of increases in traffic on the Chicago and Los Angeles routes.
The highest volume international routes during April were Monterrey-Houston, Monterrey-Dallas, Monterrey-Atlanta, Monterrey-Chicago, and Mazatlán- Los Angeles.
Principally because of consolidation of routes and optimization of fleets by the airlines, the total available seats grew 6.3% in April 2017, while the number of flight operations (takeoffs and landings) decreased 4.2%. The number of domestic operations decreased 4.8%, and international operations decreased 0.3%,
This report 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.
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
• Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OMAeropuertos
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte, S.A.B. de C.V.
|By:||/s/ Vicsaly Torres Ruiz|
|Vicsaly Torres Ruiz|
|Chief Financial Officer|
Date: May 8, 2017