OMA passenger traffic increases 14.5% in December 2016, 10.9% for full year 2016

Mexican airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte, S.A.B. de C.V., known as OMA (NASDAQ: OMAB) (BMV: OMA), has reported record passenger traffic for 2016, the airline said.

Terminal passenger traffic at its 13 airports increased 14.5% in December 2016, as compared to December 2015. Domestic traffic increased 15.9%, and international traffic increased 6.7%. Of total December traffic, 98.3% was commercial aviation and 1.7% was general aviation. Terminal passengers includes passengers on the three types of aviation (commercial, charter, and general aviation), and excludes passengers in transit.

For the full year 2016, total passenger traffic grew 10.9% to 18.8 million passengers, a new record for the third consecutive year. Domestic passenger traffic grew 12.6% and international traffic rose 0.2% in the year.

Ten of OMA´s airports — Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Culiacán, Durango, Mazatlán, Monterrey, Reynosa, San Luis Potosí, Torreón, and Zacatecas — also set records for passenger traffic for the full year, and eight airports recorded double-digit traffic growth.

In addition to Monterrey with 9.2 million passengers, three other OMA airports — Culiacán, Chihuahua, and Ciudad Juárez — surpassed 1 million passengers in 2016 as a result of the sustained growth of traffic.

For the full year 2016, flight operations grew 3.9% compared to 2015. Domestic operations increased 4.9% and international operations decreased 2.9%.

Domestic traffic increased in eleven airports in December, with the most notable increases at Monterrey, Culiacán, Chihuahua, and Ciudad Juárez.

Monterrey traffic increased principally because of higher traffic volumes on the Mexico City, Cancún, and Guadalajara routes. Culiacán traffic increased because of higher volumes on its Tijuana, Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Mexicali routes. Chihuahua and Ciudad Juárez increased traffic principally on their Mexico City routes. During December, VivaAerobus opened the Monterrey-Tijuana route.

International traffic increased in nine airports in December, with the largest increases in Mazatlán principally as a result of growth in Minneapolis traffic; Culiacán as a result of growth in Phoenix traffic; San Luis Potosí as a result of Houston traffic; and Durango principally as a result of growth in Los Angeles traffic. During December, Sunwing opened the Mazatlán — Winnipeg route; VivaAerobus opened the Monterrey — Las Vegas route, and Volaris and Aeroméxico Connect each started flights on the Monterrey — Denver route.

The number of flight operations (takeoffs and landings) in December increased 2.4%. The number of domestic operations increased 2.8%, and international operations were practically unchanged compared to the prior year period.

Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte, known as OMA, operates 13 international airports in nine states of central and northern Mexico. OMA´s airports serve Monterrey, Acapulco, Mazatlán, and Zihuatanejo, and nine other regional centers and border cities. OMA also operates the NH Collection Hotel inside Terminal 2 of the Mexico City airport and the Hilton Garden Inn at the Monterrey airport. OMA employs over 1,000 persons.