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OMA reports an 11.7% increase in April 2017 passenger traffic

MONTERREY, Mexico, May 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 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.

Total Passengers*
  Apr-16 Apr-17 Change % Jan-Apr
2016
Jan-Apr
2017
Change %
Domestic 1,270,611 1,418,526 11.6 4,774,056 5,258,769 10.2
International 185,969 208,963 12.4 854,629 906,650 6.1
OMA Total 1,456,580 1,627,489 11.7 5,628,685 6,165,419 9.5
* 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%,

OMA’s complete traffic report with tables is available at http://ir.oma.aero.

This press release 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.

About OMA
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:

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