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OMA Reports A 9.6% Increase In July 2012 Passenger Traffic

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  • 11 consecutive months of traffic growth

MONTERREY, Mexico, Aug. 8, 2012 (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 9.6% in July 2012, as compared to July 2011. Domestic traffic increased 9.9%, and international traffic increased 7.4%. Traffic volumes have increased for eleven months in a row, starting in September 2011, as the air transport industry in Mexico continues to recover.

Of total July traffic, 97.8% was commercial aviation and 2.2% was general aviation.

Total Passengers*
  Jul-11 Jul-12 Change % Jan-Jul 2011 Jan-Jul 2012 Change %
Domestic 1,014,750 1,115,265 9.9 5,684,821 6,116,160 7.6
International 159,497 171,222 7.4 1,092,549 1,103,949 1.0
OMA Total 1,174,247 1,286,487 9.6 6,777,370 7,220,109 6.5
             
* Terminal passengers: includes passengers on the three types of aviation (commercial, charter, and general aviation), and excludes passengers in transit.            

Domestic traffic increased in ten airports in July, with the most noteworthy increases in Monterrey (+13.7%), Culiacán (+14.8%), Reynosa (+43.4%), and Chihuahua (+10.1%). In Monterrey, traffic increased principally on the routes to Mexico City and Cancún. Culiacán traffic increased on the Tijuana route. The Reynosa and Chihuahua airports increased traffic on the Mexico City routes. The most significant reductions were at the Ciudad Juárez (-3.4%) and Acapulco (-3.0%) airports. In Ciudad Juárez, general aviation decreased. In Acapulco, traffic decreased on the routes to Toluca and Mexico City. VivaAerobus opened the Ciudad Juárez-Cancún and Monterrey-Cuernavaca routes during the month.

International traffic also increased in ten airports in July, with the most significant increases in Monterrey (+15.1%) and San Luis Potosí (+38.7%). In Monterrey, traffic benefited from the increase in passengers on the routes to San Antonio, Panama, and Las Vegas. San Luis Potosi traffic increased on the Houston route. The largest decrease was recorded in Mazatlán (-42.2%) as a result of reductions on the Dallas, Phoenix, and Toronto routes. Aeroméxico Connect started operating the Monterrey-Chicago route during the month.

The total number of flight operations (takeoffs and landings) in July 2012 decreased 1.0% as compared to the prior year period. Domestic flights decreased 1.0%, and international flights increased 1.7%.

The complete traffic report 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 publicly update 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 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, please visit us at:

CONTACT: Jose Luis Guerrero Cortes
         OMA, CFO
         +52.81.8625.4300 ext.308
         jlguerrero@oma.aero
         
         Daniel Wilson
         Zemi Communications
         +1.212.689.9560 ext. 264
         dbmwilson@zemi.com

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