OMA reports an 11.4% increase in February 2016 passenger traffic
Monterrey, Mexico, March 8, 2016-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 11.4% in February 2016, as compared to February 2015. Domestic traffic increased 12.9%, and international traffic increased 4.5%. The operational result benefitted from the additional day in February 2016, as a result of the leap year.
Of total February traffic, 97.6% was commercial aviation and 2.4% was general aviation.
Domestic traffic increased in eleven airports in February. The most noteworthy increases were in Monterrey (+7.5%; +35,231 passengers), Culiacán (+26.1%; +24,406), Ciudad Juárez (+34.7%; +19,354), and Chihuahua (+28.5%; +17,829). Monterrey traffic increased principally because of higher traffic volumes on the Mexico City, Tijuana, and Cancún routes. Culiacán traffic increased as a result of increased traffic on the Tijuana route. Ciudad Juárez traffic increased because of higher volumes on the Mexico City and Monterrey routes. Chihuahua traffic increased on its Mexico City route.
International traffic also increased in eleven airports in February. Traffic increased most significantly in Acapulco (+40.8%; +3,275 passengers) and Durango (+124.7%; +1,279). Acapulco traffic increased largely as a result of higher volumes on the Houston, London, and Frankfurt routes. Durango traffic increased as a result of higher volumes on its Chicago route.
The number of flight operations (takeoffs and landings) in February increased 7.7%. The number of domestic operations increased 8.2%, and international operations increased 4.6%.
In addition, OMA is providing revised January traffic information. Total passenger traffic in January 2016 was 1,333,366, up 9,542 from the data originally published. Total passenger traffic growth in January was a revised 8.5%, as compared to the 7.8% originally published.
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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 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 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