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OMA Reports A 6.9% Increase In September 2012 Passenger Traffic

MONTERREY, Mexico, Oct. 4, 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 6.9% in September 2012, as compared to September 2011. Domestic traffic increased 6.6%, and international traffic increased 8.9%. Traffic volumes have increased for thirteen months in a row, starting in September 2011, as a result of the recovery of the air transport industry in Mexico and OMA's actions in coordination with the government and private sector to promote greater air connectivity in the markets where our airports are located.

Of total September traffic, 97.4% was commercial aviation and 2.6% was general aviation.

Total Passengers*
  Sep-11 Sep-12 Change % Jan-Sep 2011 Jan-Sep 2012 Change %
Domestic 808,212 861,640 6.6 7,424,075 8,010,307 7.9
International 111,489 121,420 8.9 1,338,529 1,369,654 2.3
OMA Total 919,701 983,060 6.9 8,762,604 9,379,961 7.0

* Terminal passengers: includes passengers on the three types of aviation (commercial, charter, and general aviation), and excludes passengers in transit.

Domestic traffic increased in nine airports in September, with the most noteworthy increases in Monterrey (+13.8%), Chihuahua (+12.0%), Reynosa (+36.2%), and Ciudad Juárez (+5.8%). In Monterrey, traffic increased principally on the routes to Mexico City, Cancún, and Guadalajara. Chihuahua traffic increased on the Guadalajara and Mexico City routes. Reynosa increased traffic on the Mexico City route.  Ciudad Juárez increased traffic on the routes to Guadalajara and Mexico City. The most significant reductions were at the Mazatlán (-9.2%) and Zihuatanejo (-5.1%) airports. In Mazatlán, general aviation traffic decreased; in Zihuatanejo, traffic decreased on the Mexico City route. Aeroméxico Connect started operating the Monterrey-Morelia route during the month.

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