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OMA Reports February 2010 Mazatlan Air Traffic down

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OMA Reports February 2010 Mazatlan Air Traffic down

Mexican airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte, known as OMA, reports that terminal passenger traffic at its 13 airports decreased 12.5% in February 2010, as compared to February 2009. Domestic traffic decreased 13.4%, and international traffic decreased 8.7%.

Of total traffic, 97.4% was commercial aviation, and 2.6% was general aviation.

­Domestic traffic grew at three airports. Chihuahua and Culiacán traffic benefitted from increases on the routes to Guadalajara. Traffic in San Luis Potosí increased because of growth on the Monterrey route.

Domestic Traffic decreased in all other airports. The Monterrey, Acapulco, and Tampico airports had the largest traffic reductions; traffic reductions on the Mexico City route were the most important factor. The suspension of Aviacsa (suspended since July 6, 2009) also affected all three airports; in addition Acapulco and Tampico traffic were affected by a reduction in traffic carried by Interjet.

International traffic recorded growth at four airports. Noteworthy was the growth in traffic at the Zacatecas airport on its route to Los Angeles. The Tampico, Durango, and Chihuahua airports grew traffic on their routes to Houston.

The airports that had the largest reductions in international passenger traffic were the tourist destination airports. Acapulco and Zihuatanejo were affected by a decrease in charter traffic; Mazatlán was affected by reductions on the routes to Los Angeles and Houston.

The complete traffic report is available at http://ir.oma.aero.

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1. Re: OMA Reports February 2010 Mazatlan Air Traffic down

Why is this infromation "note worthy" to this forum?

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2. Re: OMA Reports February 2010 Mazatlan Air Traffic down

Let me think. Mazatlan is one of the airports reportedly experiencing a decrease in passenger count. That could affect airfares and/or schedules on those two specific routes to Mazatlan. That's certainly of interest to many of this forum's readers since they are major connecting points to Mazatlan.

Thanks for sharing that TravelJudy. The whole thing is quite interesting, actually.

Edited: 11 March 2010, 20:26
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3. Re: OMA Reports February 2010 Mazatlan Air Traffic down

Thanks Mazzi for being aware of the importance of this article.

When people start asking about why airfares have gone up...and Los Angeles and Houston are the two airports with less traffic into Mazatlan...maybe that would explain it a bit better. Let's see...Minneapolis to Houston on Continental...and traffic is down??? Bet there will be less flights...higher prices...it all goes hand in hand.

Financial reports like this one are always important information in determining the continuance of airlines flying to a destination, for pricing, for amount of days of flying, or for ceasing their flights. Could mean a snow bank or a sandy beach!!!

Guess that would be NOTE WORTHY??

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4. Re: OMA Reports February 2010 Mazatlan Air Traffic down

Thanks...for the correction....Not stuck in the snowbank..got a great rate non-stop on Delta. We book far in advance, Sept for a March vacation.

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5. Re: OMA Reports February 2010 Mazatlan Air Traffic down

great info thank you for sharing...we bought our march flights in late sept before they went up as well :) Seems to be what we do every trip for our flight out of portland to mzt otherwise they get pricey :)

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6. Re: OMA Reports February 2010 Mazatlan Air Traffic down

Thanks Judy. Those are interesting stats and a good indication of the recession.

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7. Re: OMA Reports February 2010 Mazatlan Air Traffic down

Judy, i still don't understand why the airlines don't lower their prices. It seems that more people would fly (both domestic and internat'l). It seems in years past they would open with a few flights, fill with up and down prices, and add flights as they sold out. I also wonder what happened to the charter airlines we used to use Champion and Omni as examples.

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8. Re: OMA Reports February 2010 Mazatlan Air Traffic down

Have you been to the gas station lately in Grand Rapids?? Notice the commodity markets today...oil is sitting at something like $81 a barrel...that has been going up and up. If the airlines haven't hedged their fuel very far out...prices will only go up and up and up. So will your gas...they are talking $3 a gallon soon...and then $4...

Champion and Omni long gone...This year the charters to MAZ could not even go nonstop on most of the flights...but had to be grouped together with the Cabo people...and do a 50/50 flight. Same with the Zihuatanejo and Acapulco flights...NO DEMAND at all...so no reason to lower prices.

Sun Country limited the amount of flights they used to Mexico this year...and were able to fill their seats up pretty good...and hopefully make a profit and to be able to get their profits out of the red and back to being a secure option to fly. Tom Petters really hurt them...and must be enjoying his stay in prison. Many of us are happy to see that...as we are all owed money from what he did to the travel business and to each of us.

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9. Re: OMA Reports February 2010 Mazatlan Air Traffic down

Thanks Judy, for all of our sakes, home and abroad, I hope things turn around. Soon.

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10. Re: OMA Reports February 2010 Mazatlan Air Traffic down

Just got a fax from Frontier...as of June 15, roundtrip Mexico redemptions for their frequent flyer program will go from 30,000 miles to 35,000 miles...so we can't even cash in on that program unless we got LOTS of miles!! They have good flights into Mazatlan from Denver...with connections to many cities in the USA to Denver...

Prices go up...mileage goes up!! DARN!!