Mexican airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte (OMA) has reported a 2% year-on-year rise in passenger traffic at its 13 airports during May 2012.
Domestic traffic at the airports rose 2.4%, while internationally it declined 0.5% in comparison to May 2011.
OMA revealed that of the total May traffic, around 97.1% was contributed by commercial aviation and 2.9% by general aviation.
During the month, six of OMA's airports reported an increase domestically, including a 19.5% rise at Reynosa airport, 11.3% in Culiacán, 8.4% in Acapulco and 3.9% at Monterrey airport.
According to OMA, domestic traffic at Monterrey increased on the routes to Mexico City and Cancún, Culiacán's traffic increased towards Tijuana and Guadalajara, while Reynosa and Acapulco airports reported traffic rises to Mexico City.
The operator's Zihuatanejo airport reported the highest decline in passenger traffic, with a 15.1% fall, due to less traffic present on the Toluca and Mexico City routes.
Monterrey airport's international traffic increased 5.2%, due to the rise in passengers on routes to San Antonio, Dallas, Las Vegas and Panama, while San Luis Potosi and Torreón airports reported respective increases of 40.5% and 26.1% during the period, due to an increase on routes to Houston and Dallas.
Mazatlán and Acapulco airports reported the largest declines in international traffic with 36.8% and 28.9%, respectively.
Mazatlán airport revealed the sharpest drop with fewer passengers on routes to Los Angeles, Phoenix and Calgary, while Acapulco's figures decreased due to reduced traffic to Houston.
OMA reported a 0.6% fall in its total flight operations, including takeoffs and landings, with a 1.6% decline domestically and a 6.8% increase internationally during the period.
Image: Mazatlán airport reported the sharpest decline in international passenger traffic 36.8% during May 2012. Photo: courtesy of IFCM.