MONTERREY, Mexico, Aug. 4, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mexican airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte, S.A.B. de C.V., known as OMA (Nasdaq:OMAB) (BMV:OMA), provided information regarding the effects of the filing for bankruptcy protection by the airline Compania Mexicana de Aviacion, S.A. de C.V. ("Mexicana de Aviacion").

Mexicana de Aviacion announced in a statement published yesterday, August 3rd, that it filed for bankruptcy ( concurso mercantil) before a federal judge in Mexico City and that it is seeking bankruptcy protection in the United States under Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Mexicana de Aviacion stated that it expected to continue to operate normally, and that such filings did not affect the operations of Click Mexicana and Mexicana Link, which are independent companies from Mexicana de Aviacion.

Grupo Mexicana, which comprises Mexicana de Aviacion, Click Mexicana, and Mexicana Link, has operations at twelve of OMA's thirteen airports. Mexicana de Aviacion, the company that filed for bankruptcy protection, announced adjustments to its global flight itineraries on August 2 nd, including changes at the OMA airports of Monterrey and Zacatecas, principally on international routes. OMA recommends that passengers contact Mexicana de Aviacion directly with any questions about their flights. The itinerary changes announced by Mexicana de Aviacion at OMA's airports are as follows:
Route Modification
Zacatecas - Bajio Suspended
Monterrey - Mexico Reduction by one flight per day
Zacatecas - Tijuana Connection via Mexico City
Monterrey - New York Connection via Mexico City
Zacatecas – Los Angeles                                                   Connection via Mexico City
Zacatecas – Oakland Connection via Mexico City
Zacatecas – Chicago Connection via Mexico City

During the first six months of 2010, Grupo Mexicana generated 16.6% of OMA's total passenger traffic, of which 7.6% was accounted for solely by Mexicana de Aviacion. Grupo Mexicana generated 17.3% of OMA's domestic passenger traffic, including 7.2% from Mexicana de Aviacion. In terms of international traffic, Grupo Mexicana generated 13.1% of traffic, of which Mexicana de Aviacion accounted for 9.3%.

Grupo Mexicana generated 12.2% of OMA's revenues during the first six months of 2010, of which Mexicana de Aviación accounted for 5.9%.  

As of June 30, 2010, Grupo Mexicana accounted for 21.8% of OMA's accounts receivable, of which Mexicana de Aviacion accounted for 10.8%. The majority of these accounts receivable represent passenger charges that Mexicana de Aviacion collects from passengers acting as collection agent. Such passenger charges are the property of the airports and constitute their principal source of resources in order to make committed investments and to maintain the quality of services.

At the present time, neither OMA nor any of its subsidiaries have been notified, in their capacity of creditors, that the courts have recognized Mexicana de Aviacion's insolvency proceeding. OMA is evaluating the different alternatives available in order to take the decisions that will best protect the interests of our airline clients, passengers, and shareholders.

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, Mazatlan, and Zihuatanejo, and nine other regional centers and border cities. OMA also operates a hotel and commercial areas inside Terminal 2 of the Mexico City airport. OMA employs over 970 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 Aeroports 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). Please visit our website, .

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