Monterrey, Mexico, June 4, 2014-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 13.3% in May 2014, as compared to May 2013. Domestic traffic increased 14.3%, and international traffic increased 6.4%.
Of total May traffic, 97.8% was commercial aviation and 2.2% was general aviation.
Domestic traffic increased in all thirteen airports in May. The most noteworthy increases were in Monterrey (+11.2%; +50,834 passengers), Torreón (+37.4%; +11,636), Culiacán (+10.2%; +10,072), Ciudad Juárez (+18.3%; +9,941), Reynosa (+32.2%; +9,285), Chihuahua (+13.6%; +8,807) and San Luis Potosí (+60.5%; +8,056). Monterrey traffic increased principally on the Mexico City, Cancún, and Querétaro routes. Torreón traffic increased on the Mexico City, Cancún, and Guadalajara routes. Culiacán increased traffic on its Tijuana, Mexico City, and Monterrey routes. Ciudad Juárez traffic rose on the Mexico City, Tijuana, and Guadalajara routes. Reynosa traffic increased on the Mexico City, Cancún and Guadalajara routes. Chihuahua traffic increased on the Mexico City, Monterrey, and Cancún routes. San Luis Potosí increased traffic on its Cancún and Mexico City routes. In May, TAR started operating the Acapulco - Guadalajara and Acapulco - Toluca routes; Aeroméxico opened the Monterrey - Aguascalientes and Monterrey - Cancún routes; and Interjet started flying the San Luis Potosí - Mexico City route.
International traffic increased in eleven airports in May. Traffic increased most significantly in Monterrey (+6.7%; +5,117 passengers), as a result of increased traffic on the Atlanta route. The most significant reduction in traffic was in Mazatlán (-6.0%; -934 passengers), principally as a result of lower traffic on the Phoenix route.
The number of flight operations (takeoffs and landings) in May increased 5.1% as compared to the same month of last year. The number of domestic operations increased 6.2% and international operations decreased 2.2%.
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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, visit