MONTERREY, Mexico, Jan. 12, 2011 (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 1.8% in December 2010, as compared to December 2009. Domestic traffic increased 0.5%, and international traffic increased 8.0%. For the full year 2010, terminal passenger traffic increased 0.6% to 11.6 million passengers, with domestic traffic decreasing 0.5% and international traffic increasing 6.7%. For the full year 2010, the airports with the largest passenger traffic increases were Monterrey, up 180,517, or 3.5%, and Chihuahua, up 82,958, or 11.1%. Airlines other than the three airlines of Grupo Mexicana increased traffic by 749,767 passengers during 2010, while the suspension of operations in August 2010 of Grupo Mexicana resulted in a reduction of 680,367 passengers. Victor Bravo, the CEO of OMA, noted, "While 2010 continued to be a difficult year for the air transport industry, OMA recorded a slight increase in full year passenger traffic as compared to 2009. The recent trends give us a positive outlook for passenger traffic in 2011." Of total December traffic, 96.2% was commercial aviation, and 3.8% was general aviation. For the full year, the mix was 96.8% commercial aviation and 3.2% general aviation.
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|* Terminal passengers: includes passengers on the three types of aviation (commercial, charter, and general aviation), and excludes passengers in transit.|