Shell Aviation has started operations at Brest Bretagne Airport (BES), the biggest airport in Brittany and 16th largest in France, as the airport’s exclusive supplier and operator.

As part of the agreement, Shell Aviation will operate the fuel storage facilities and into-plane services at the airport through its subsidiary, Avitair, and will be the sole provider of Jet A-1 and Avgas.

"We are excited about our collaboration with Brest and the opportunity to bring our experience and know-how to this dynamic location," said Melanie Lane, general manager of Shell Aviation Europe. "By providing safe, quick and efficient refuelling services, we want to help new and existing customers be even more competitive in this challenging industry. With approximately one million passengers a year, Brest is just the right place to do that."

Shell Aviation will implement its Aviation Centre of Excellence (ACE) programme at Brest. Customers will benefit from flexible fuel purchasing options either through a supply contract with Shell or by presenting their Shell fuel & fly cards for ad hoc refuelling services. They will also have access to electronic invoicing via Shell Aviation’s eServe system.

"Brest Bretagne airport is very pleased to welcome Shell Aviation as a partner from July 2015," commented André Jourt, vice-president, Brest Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIMB), which manages the airport. "We share their ambition to offer services and products which address the needs of all airlines flying in and out of Brest. We believe that our collaboration will contribute to achieving great success in the coming years."

The airport is managed by CCIMB and serves commercial airlines and business aviation customers on domestic, regional and international routes. Its 3,100 metre runway and all-weather landing system make landing suitable for all types of aircraft.