OMA Reports a 7.3% Increase in October 2012 Passenger Traffic

OMA Reports a 7.3% Increase in October 2012 Passenger Traffic

  *14 Consecutive Months of Traffic Growth

MONTERREY, Mexico, Nov. 6, 2012 (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 7.3% in October 2012, as compared to October 2011. Domestic
traffic increased 7.4%, and international traffic increased 6.4%. Traffic
volumes have increased for fourteen months in a row, starting in September
2011, as a result of the recovery of the air transport industry in Mexico and
OMA's actions in coordination with the government and private sector to
promote greater air connectivity in the markets where our airports are

Of total October traffic, 97.3% was commercial aviation and 2.7% was general

Total Passengers*
                   Oct-11   Oct-12     Change %  Jan-Oct    Jan-Oct    Change
                                                  2011       2012       %
Domestic            859,546  923,568    7.4       8,283,621  8,933,875  7.8
International       123,131  131,065    6.4       1,461,660  1,500,719  2.7
OMA Total           982,677  1,054,633  7.3       9,745,281  10,434,594 7.1
* Terminal passengers: includes passengers on the three types of aviation
(commercial, charter, and general aviation), and excludes passengers in

Domestic traffic increased in eight airports in October, with the most
noteworthy increases in Monterrey (+11.8%), Reynosa (+33.3%), Chihuahua
(+10.1%), and Tampico (+8.0%). In Monterrey, traffic increased principally on
the routes to Mexico City, Cancun, and Guadalajara. Reynosa traffic increased
on the Mexico City route. Chihuahua increased traffic on the Mexico City and
Monterrey routes. Tampico increased traffic on the Monterrey route. The most
significant reductions were at the Acapulco (-7.7%) and Zihuatanejo (-5.3%)
airports. In Acapulco, traffic decreased on the Mexico City and Tijuana
routes. In Zihuatanejo, traffic decreased on the Toluca route. Volaris started
operating the Culiacan-Hermosillo route during the month.

International traffic increased in eight airports in October, with the most
significant increases in Monterrey (+14.6%) and Chihuahua (+18.0%). In
Monterrey, traffic benefited from the increase in passengers on the routes to
San Antonio, Las Vegas, and Chicago.Chihuahua traffic increased on the Dallas
route. The largest decrease was recorded in Mazatlan (-32.9%), as a result of
reductions on the Dallas and Toronto routes. Interjet opened the
Monterrey-Havana route during October.

The number of flight operations (takeoffs and landings) in October decreased
3.1% as compared to the same month of last year.The number of domestic
operations decreased 3.4% and international operations decreased 1.5%.

OMA's complete traffic report is available at

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 information and
expectations and projections about future events. Forward-looking statements
may be identified by the words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "target,"
"estimate," 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

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 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


CONTACT: Jose Luis Guerrero Cortes
         OMA, CFO
         +52.81.8625.4300 ext.308
         Daniel Wilson
         Zemi Communications
         +1.212.689.9560 ext. 264
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