updated 3/9/2011 5:45:55 PM ET 2011-03-09T22:45:55

MONTERREY, Mexico, March 9, 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 decreased 2.8% in February 2011, as compared to February 2010. Domestic traffic decreased 0.3%, and international traffic decreased 11.6%.

Of total January traffic, 96.4% was commercial aviation, and 3.6% was general aviation.

Total Passengers*
  Feb-10 Feb-11 Change % Jan-Feb 2010 Jan-Feb 2011 Change %
Domestic 662,628 660,341 (0.3) 1,355,009 1,363,090 0.6
International 183,497 162,211 (11.6) 386,836 349,892 (9.6)
OMA Total 846,125 822,552 (2.8) 1,741,845 1,712,982 (1.7)
* Terminal passengers: includes passengers on the three types of aviation (commercial, charter, and general aviation), and excludes passengers in transit.            

Domestic traffic increased in five airports in February: Monterrey, Tampico, San Luis Potosí, Zacatecas, and Zihuatanejo airports. In Monterrey, traffic increased principally on the routes to Mexico City and Toluca. In Tampico, traffic increased principally on the Monterrey route. In San Luis Potosí, traffic grew principally on the route to Mexico City and in general aviation. Zacatecas traffic increased on the route to Tijuana, and Zihuatanejo recorded higher growth on the Toluca route. Domestic traffic decreased most in the airports of Acapulco, Culiacán, Ciudad Juárez, and Torreón. The suspension of operations of the Grupo Mexicana airlines was the principal factor in Acapulco, Culiacán, and Torreón; in addition, Culiacán was affected by reductions in traffic carried by VivaAerobus. In Ciudad Juárez the reductions were mostly on the Mexico City route.

International traffic increased most significantly in Monterrey as a result of increased traffic to Houston. International traffic decreased most in Acapulco, Zihuatanejo, Zacatecas, and Mazatlán. The suspension of operations by Grupo Mexicana continued to affect the first three airports. In addition, the Acapulco and Zihuatanejo airports recorded reductions on passengers carried by Continental and Alaska Airlines. Mazatlán had lower traffic on the routes to Phoenix and Minneapolis.   

The total number of flight operations (takeoffs and landings) in January decreased 2.3% as compared to the prior year period. Domestic flights decreased 2.4%, and international flights increased 2.1%.

The full 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, Mazatlán, 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 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). For more information, please visit us at:

CONTACT: Jose Luis Guerrero Cortes
         OMA, CFO
         +52.81.8625.4300 ext.308

         Daniel Wilson
         Zemi Communications

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