MONTERREY, Mexico, Sept. 1, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mexican airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte, S.A.B. de C.V., known as OMA (Nasdaq:OMAB) (BMV:OMA), started operations today at its new Terminal B at Monterrey International Airport, which is expected to set a new standard for passenger service and safety in Mexico.
Terminal B, Monterrey International Airport
Monterrey Terminal B, commercial area
Monterrey Terminal B, entry to mezzanine shopping area

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Aeromexico and Aeromexico Connect are the first airlines to use the new terminal. Delta Airlines and Northwest are expected to start operations by the end of September.

The new Terminal B satisfies the growing need for transportation infrastructure in the Monterrey metropolitan region and the state of Nuevo Leon. With a total area of 21,000 m 2 on two levels and a mezzanine, the terminal will have the capacity to serve approximately two million passengers per year, on both domestic and international flights.

The building's infrastructure and innovative design addresses the needs of all airport users. It will provide passengers easy and rapid access to all facilities, from the parking area to the boarding lounge. During their passage through the terminal, passengers will also discover a 2,100 m 2 commercial area with a wide range of shops, restaurants, and other services such as a children's play area and business center.

The overall scope of the Terminal B project includes, in addition to the building, a platform with thirteen aircraft positions (six contact positions with boarding through passenger jetways, four remote positions, and three positions for regional aircraft); taxiways; parking for 594 vehicles with automated access and payment systems; and access roads. The entire complex represents an investment by the Monterrey Airport of approximately Ps. 800 million.

Terminal B is the only terminal in Mexico and Latin America to have two-way aircraft taxiways, providing greater agility for airline operations and facilitating greater connectivity. These characteristics help make Terminal B a strategic asset that will support OMA's initiative to make the Monterrey Airport the most important transit hub in northern Mexico.

Victor Bravo, OMA's Chief Executive Officer, said, "The start of operations of Terminal B in Monterrey shows OMA's commitment to provide airport services that meet the highest domestic and international quality and safety standards, improve the passenger experience, and ensure that all the cities where we operate have the airport facilities that they need for long-term economic growth."

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).

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