updated 4/8/2011 5:18:42 PM ET 2011-04-08T21:18:42

MONTERREY, Mexico, April 8, 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 7.2% in March 2011, as compared to March 2010. Domestic traffic decreased 4.7%, and international traffic decreased 16.5%.

The Easter holiday travel period occurred in March 2010 and will take place in April this year, affecting comparisons of March 2011 with March 2010.

Of total March traffic, 96.8% was commercial aviation, and 3.2% was general aviation.

Total Passengers*
  Mar-10 Mar-11 Change % Jan-Mar 2010 Jan-Mar 2011 Change %
Domestic 836,876 797,318 (4.7) 2,191,885 2,160,408 (1.4)
International 217,098 181,266 (16.5) 603,934 531,158 (12.1)
OMA Total 1,053,974 978,584 (7.2) 2,795,819 2,691,566 (3.7)
             
* Terminal passengers: includes passengers on the three types of aviation (commercial, charter, and general aviation), and excludes passengers in transit.

Domestic traffic increased in four airports in March, with the most noteworthy increases in Torreón and Tampico. In Torreón, traffic increased principally on the route to Mexico City; in Tampico, traffic increased principally on the Monterrey route. During March, VivaAerobus opened four new routes between our airports in Ciudad Juárez, Culiacán, Tampico, and Torreón and Mexico City. Traffic decreased most at the airports in Chihuahua, Culiacán, Ciudad Juárez, and Acapulco. The reduction in Chihuahua was principally on the Toluca and Guadalajara routes. The suspension of the airlines of Grupo Mexicana continues to affect traffic at Culiacán and Acapulco. In Ciudad Juárez and Culiacán, the reduction in traffic was principally on their Monterrey routes.

International traffic decreased most significantly in Acapulco, Mazatlán, and Zacatecas. Mazatlán and Zacatecas continue to be affected by the Grupo Mexicana suspension. Acapulco traffic was also affected by a reduction in passengers on the Houston and Dallas routes, while Mazatlán had lower traffic on the Phoenix, Minneapolis, and Regina, Saskatchewan routes.   

The total number of flight operations (takeoffs and landings) in January decreased 6.5% as compared to the prior year period. Domestic flights decreased 7.6%, and international flights increased 0.9%.

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
         jlguerrero@oma.aero
         
         Daniel Wilson
         Zemi Communications
         +1.212.689.9560
         dbmwilson@zemi.com

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