Passenger traffic at 13 Mexican airports operated by Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte (OMA) increased 6.9% in September 2012 to 983,060 when compared to the 919,701 passengers handled during September 2011.
According to OMA, traffic has increased successively for 13 consecutive months, beginning in September 2011, due to the restoration of the country's air transport industry.
OMA claims that 97.4% of traffic during the month was contributed by commercial aviation and 2.6% by general aviation.
International and domestic passenger traffic at OMA increased 8.9% and 6.6% respectively, rising to 121,420 and 861,640 passengers during the month.
OMA's seven airports reported rises in international traffic, with the highest climb of 20.2% reported by Chihuahua, followed by Monterrey with 13.8% rise.
Traffic at Monterrey Airport increased due to the rise in passengers on routes that include Las Vegas, San Antonio and Chicago, while Chihuahua's traffic rose on the Dallas route, according to OMA.
The highest decline in international traffic was reported by Mazatlán airport with a 40.3% decline, which was attributed to a decrease in passengers on routes to Dallas and Toronto.
OMA operated airports reported rises in domestic traffic with the highest rise of 36.2% reported by Reynosa, followed by Monterrey with a 13.8% increase, a 12% rise at Chihuahua and Ciudad Juárez registering a 5.8% climb during the month.
Domestic traffic at Reynosa increased on routes to Mexico City, Monterrey's traffic climbed on the routes to Mexico City, Cancún and Guadalajara, while Ciudad Juárez's traffic rose on routes to Guadalajara and Mexico City.
Mazatlán and Zihuatanejo airports reported the highest declines in domestic passenger traffic during September to 9.2% and 5.1% respectively, which was due to reduced general aviation traffic and a decline in traffic on routes to Mexico City respectively.
During September, OMA reported a 4.5% decline in takeoffs and landings, with 5.2% decline in its domestic operations, while international operations rose 1.5% when compared to the same period in 2011.
Image: Mazatlán Airport reported the highest decline in international passenger traffic to 40.3% among the OMA-operated airports. Photo: courtesy of IFCM.