8 consecutive months of traffic growth
Monterrey, Mexico, May 8, 2012-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 4.2% in April 2012, as compared to April 2011. Domestic traffic increased 4.7%, and international traffic increased 1.9%. Traffic volumes have increased eight months in a row, starting in September 2011, as the air transport industry in Mexico continues to recover.
Of total April traffic, 96.9% was commercial aviation and 3.1% was general aviation.
Domestic traffic increased in eight airports in April, with the most noteworthy increases in Monterrey (+4.7%), Culiacán (+9.5%), Chihuahua (+13.1%), and Reynosa (+37.7%). In Monterrey, traffic increased principally on the routes to Mexico City and Cancún. Culiacán traffic increased on the Tijuana route. The Chihuahua and Reynosa airports increased traffic on the Mexico City routes. The most significant reduction was at the Zihuatanejo airport (-15.1%), as a result of reductions in traffic on the routes to Mexico City and Toluca.
International traffic increased most significantly in Monterrey (+16.6%) and San Luis Potosi (+41.8%). In Monterrey, traffic benefited from the increase in passengers on the routes to Las Vegas, San Antonio, Panama, and Dallas. San Luis Potosi traffic increased on the Houston route. The largest decreases were recorded in Mazatlán (-22.1%), Acapulco (-45.8%), and Zihuatanejo (-12.6%). In Mazatlán, the reduction occurred on the route to Seattle. Acapulco had decreased traffic on the Houston, Phoenix, and Dallas routes. Zihuatanejo traffic decreased on the Houston and Los Angeles routes.
The total number of flight operations (takeoffs and landings) in April 2012 decreased 6.2% as compared to the prior year period. Domestic flights decreased 7.0%, and international flights decreased 1.0%.
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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 a hotel inside Terminal 2 of the Mexico City 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 standards, and ISO 9001:2008. OMA's strategic shareholder members are ICA, Mexico's largest engineering, procurement, and construction company, and Aéroports de Paris Management, subsidiary of Aéroports de Paris, the second largest European airports operator. OMA is listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange (OMA) and on the NASDAQ Global Select Market (OMAB). For more information, please visit us at: