La Rochelle names World Fuel Services as sole provider

Aéroport La Rochelle – Ile de Ré on France’s Atlantic coast has awarded a tender to World Fuel Services to become the sole fuel provider at the airport, as of 1 April 2019.

Ahead of the April start date, the fuel supplier will provide training for the airport’s fuel operators and has committed to building two new fuel farms (one for avgas and one for jet fuel) that meet EU sustainability criteria set to be introduced in 2020. Construction work on the fuel farms will commence this month and are due to be completed next March.

In addition to catering for the airport’s business aviation customers, the contract will see World Fuel Services serve the airport’s major commercial airlines, which include Ryanair and easyJet.

Mark Atherton, director at World Fuel Services, credited the expertise of his engineering team with being instrumental in winning the tender. “Winning the La Rochelle tender is testament to our design and build engineering capabilities,” he said.

As part of our bespoke solution, we will soon begin work on installing two new fuel farms at the airport using state-of-the-art equipment and the expertise of our engineering team. Fit-for-purpose storage was a key component of Aéroport La Rochelle’s future plans. We look forward to servicing both general aviation customers and commercial airlines at this vital regional hub.

Thomas Juin, director at Aéroport Rochelle – Ile de Ré, said: “The arrival of World Fuel Services in La Rochelle is an important step for our future growth. The planned investments and the quality of installations that our ambition requires, in order to service better our passengers, commercial airlines and business aviation customers.”

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