OMA passenger traffic grew 17.8% in December and 11.2% during 2006
Monterrey, NL., Mexico, January 10, 2007-Mexican airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte, S.A.B. de C.V., or OMA, reported that total passenger traffic (terminal passengers) at its 13 airports increased 17.8% in December 2006 to 1.1 million passengers, as compared to December 2005. Total passenger traffic reached 11.8 million in 2006, an increase of 11.2% compared to 2005.
December domestic traffic grew to 871,764 passengers, an increase of 25.8% compared to December 2005, principally as a result of the introduction of new routes by the new airlines Avolar, Interjet, Volaris, Alma, and VivaAerobus. Total domestic traffic rose 14% during 2006.
International traffic decreased 4.8% to 230,789 passengers in December 2006 as compared to December 2005 principally as a result of the cancellation of Monterrey-Chicago and Monterrey-Miami routes. In addition, Aerocalifornia has not resumed routes to Los Angeles from several of OMA's airports. Total international traffic rose 1.8% during 2006.
Total passenger traffic at OMA's principal airport, Monterrey International, reached 486,641 passengers in December 2006, an increase of 19.3% compared to December 2005. Traffic growth reflects nine new domestic routes offered by VivaAerobus, which started operations at Monterrey International on November 30, 2006. Domestic traffic at Monterrey was up 31.3% in December, and 18.3% during 2006.
Among OMA's airports located in tourist destinations, Acapulco reported the highest growth, with total traffic up 14.5% in December 2006 and up 13% for the full year.
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 employs over 900 persons in order to offer our passengers and clients airport and commercial services in facilities that comply with all applicable international safety, security standards and ISO 9000. OMA's strategic shareholder members are ICA, Mexico's largest engineering, procurement, and construction company, and Aéroports de Paris, the second largest European airports operator.
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