Passenger traffic at 13 airports operated by Mexican company Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte (OMA) rose 4.9% year-on-year in December 2012 to 1.1 million for the month.
According to OMA, traffic has increased successively for 16 consecutive months, beginning in September 2011, boosted by the resurgence of the air transport industry in Mexico.
97.4% of December's traffic was contributed by commercial aviation and 2.6% by general aviation.
International traffic at OMA-operated airports dropped 0.9%, while domestic traffic increased by 6.2% during the month.
Seven of OMA's airports reported a rise in international traffic, with the highest growth of 163.8% reported by Culiacán Airport, followed by Monterrey with a 6.4% rise.
Traffic at Monterrey Airport increased due to growth in passengers on routes to Dallas, while traffic at Chihuahua increased on the Los Angeles route.
Zacatecas and Mazatlán airports reported the highest decline in international traffic with 33.9% and 16.9% drops respectively, following a decline in the number of passengers on routes to Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Kelowna and Seattle respectively.
Domestic traffic at ten of OMA's airports increased during the period, with a 51.5% increase reported by Reynosa, followed by Mazatlán, Culiacán and Monterrey with 12.6%, 7.9% and 7.1% rises respectively.
Monterrey Airport's domestic traffic increased on routes to Cancún, León and Chihuahua, while Reynosa's traffic rose on the Mexico City route and Culiacán and Mazatlán airports reported traffic rises on routes to Tijuana and Mexico City.
OMA reported a 2.9% decline in flight operations in December, including takeoffs and landings, with a 2% decline in international operations and a 3% decline in domestic operations.
Image: Mazatlán airport reported a 16.9% decline in international traffic during December 2012. Photo: courtesy of IFCM.