Shell Aviation inaugurates operations at Katowice Airport

Today, Shell Aviation celebrated the start of operations at Katowice International Airport, marking its entry into Poland’s growing aviation market. The presence of Shell makes the airport the only one in Poland offering the services of three fuel operators.

© Shell Aviation; the company started supplying fuels to Katowice International Airport in early January, 2013
© Shell Aviation; the company started supplying fuels to Katowice International Airport in early January 2013

In a move which underlines its position as a leading global aviation fuels and lubricants supplier, Shell Aviation now provides aviation fuels and associated services to selected airline customers at this airport. It is expected that the company will start supplying fuel at further airports in Poland in the coming years.

“We received such a good cooperation at Katowice Airport. It is sometimes not the business where you want to be, but who would like to be with you. The Katowice team has been really excellent – they know what it is to work with big companies like ourselves, they are very fast and professional with a very good entrepreneurial mindset to grow business. That is why Katowice is the first airport in Poland chosen by Shell Aviation” – Petra Koselka, general manager of Shell Aviation Europe, said to katowicethecity.com.

Shell Aviation has one of the most extensive aviation fuelling networks in the world and is currently the only international oil company supplying aviation fuels in Poland. Petra Koselka explained that the decision to enter the Polish market was preceded by very careful arrangements because of competitors and regulations. “Aviation is all about safety and you have to pass a lot of certificates, approvals, inspections and it needs time. It usually takes between 18 and 24 months to make sure we have excellence and we meet the requirements. Now we are here and we are here to stay” – general director added.

Artur Tomasik, president of the board of the Upper Silesian Aviation Group – a management company of Katowice Airport, added: “The fact that Shell, one of the world’s largest and most significant petrochemical companies, has chosen Katowice Airport as the first civil airport in Poland to launch its activities as fuel agent, serves to confirm our airport’s strong position in the Polish market. Shell joining Katowice Airport means that our airport will be the only one in Poland offering the services of three fuel operators. This will make Katowice Airport more competitive for airlines.”

The start of Shell’s fuel supply follows the granting of necessary licences to operate from the Polish Civil Aviation Authority in December 2012. Aside from fuel supply, Katowice Airport will also benefit from Shell’s extensive experience in working with airport authorities and other stakeholders to improve overall airport safety and fuelling operating standards.