updated 12/9/2010 7:17:38 PM ET 2010-12-10T00:17:38

MONTERREY, Mexico, Dec. 9, 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 decreased 0.9% in November 2010, as compared to November 2009. Domestic traffic decreased 2.1%, and international traffic increased 5.3%.

Of total traffic, 96.7% was commercial aviation, and 3.3% was general aviation.

Total Passengers* 
  Nov-09 Nov-10 Change % Jan-Nov 2009 Jan-Nov 2010 Change %
Domestic 778,561 762,281 (2.1) 8,922,940 8,866,912 (0.6)
International 145,273 153,034 5.3 1,636,061 1,743,892 6.6
OMA Total 923,834 915,315 (0.9) 10,559,001 10,610,804 0.5
* Terminal passengers: includes passengers on the three types of aviation (commercial, charter, and general aviation), and excludes passengers in transit. 

Domestic traffic increased in six airports, with noteworthy increases at the Monterrey, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juarez, and Zihuatanejo airports. In Monterrey, traffic increased principally on the routes to Mexico City and Cancun, and with the opening of an Aeromar route to Piedras Negras. In Chihuahua, traffic grew principally on the routes to Mexico City and Guadalajara. In Ciudad Juarez, traffic benefitted from growth on the Guadalajara route and general aviation. In Zihuatanejo, traffic increased principally on the route to Mexico City. Domestic traffic decreased most in the airports of Acapulco, Culiacan, Torreon, and Reynosa, where the principal factor was the suspension of operations by the Grupo Mexicana airlines since August 28, 2010.

International traffic increased in six airports, most significantly at the Monterrey, San Luis Potosi, and Mazatlan airports. Monterrey increased traffic to Houston and Atlanta. San Luis Potosi increased in passenger traffic to Dallas and Houston. Mazatlan traffic increased principally from charter flights, with the largest increases on the Phoenix and Calgary routes. International traffic decreased most in Zacatecas and Acapulco, which were affected by the suspension of operations of Mexicana de Aviacion and Click Mexicana, respectively; Zihuatanejo had lower traffic on the route to Phoenix.  

The total number of flight operations (takeoffs and landings) in the month decreased 4.4% as compared to the prior year period. Domestic flights decreased 5.9%, and international flights rose 7.3%.

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

This press release may contain forward-looking information and statements. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts. These statements are only predictions based on our current expectations and projections about future events. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "target," or similar expressions. While OMA's management believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, investors are cautioned that forward-looking information and statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and are generally beyond the control of OMA, that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied or projected by, the forward-looking information and statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those discussed in our most recent annual report filed on Form 20-F under the caption "Risk Factors." OMA undertakes no obligation to publicly update its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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 1,000 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 Aéroports 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). For more information, please visit us at:

CONTACT:  Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte, S.A.B. de C.V.
          Jose Luis Guerrero Cortes, CFO
          +52.81.8625.4300 ext.308
          Zemi Communications
          Daniel Wilson

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