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.

International traffic increased at nine airports, with Monterrey, Zacatecas, San Luis Potosi, Acapulco, and Mazatlan showing noteworthy increases. Monterrey benefitted from an increase in traffic to Houston, principally because of the opening of new routes by VivaAerobus and Aeromexico Connect. Zacatecas increased traffic on the route to Los Angeles. San Luis Potosi benefitted from an increase in passenger traffic to Dallas. Acapulco traffic increased on the Phoenix route, while Mazatlan traffic rose on the routes to Houston and Phoenix. International traffic decreased most in the Chihuahua and Torreon airports.

The total number of flight operations (takeoffs and landings) in the month increased 11.1% as compared to the prior year period. Domestic flights rose 8.3%, and international flights rose 34.9%.

The full traffic report is available at http://ir.oma.aero .

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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 Aeroports 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, www.oma.aero .
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