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OMA Reports July 2010 Traffic

MONTERREY, Mexico, Aug. 10, 2010 (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 4.6% in July 2010, as compared to July 2009. Domestic traffic increased 2.2%, and international traffic rose 20.8%.

Of total traffic, 97.5% was commercial aviation, and 2.5% was general aviation.

Total Passengers* 
  Jul-09 Jul-10 Change % Jan-Jul 2009 Jan-Jul 2010 Change %
Domestic 989,469 1,011,646 2.2 5,745,103 5,662,418 (1.4)
International 143,613 173,418 20.8 1,138,659 1,197,772 5.2
OMA Total 1,133,082 1,185,064 4.6 6,883,762 6,860,190 (0.3)
* Terminal passengers: includes passengers on the three types of aviation (commercial, charter, and general aviation), and excludes passengers in transit. 

Domestic traffic increased at eight airports. Growth at the Chihuahua, Tampico, Zacatecas, Acapulco, and Mazatlan airports was noteworthy. In Chihuahua, traffic grew on the routes to Mexico City (where Interjet and Click Mexicana opened routes) and Guadalajara. Tampico traffic grew on the routes to Monterrey and Mexico City. Traffic growth in Zacatecas was principally the result of increased traffic on the Tijuana route. In Acapulco, traffic increased on the routes to Mexico City (where Interjet opened a route) and Guadalajara. Mazatlan traffic grew on the routes to La Paz and Guadalajara. Traffic at the other five group airports decreased.

During the month of July, VivaAerobus opened the Monterrey-Tuxtla Gutierrez route, and Interjet opened the Zihuatanejo-Mexico City route.

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