Independent Third Party Operator

Running a fuel operation at an airport is potentially a sound business model for a third party organisation. Depending on the stage of development of the operation, it may provide an airport with the right opportunity to fully outsource the function.

Existing fuel operations: Several styles of business exist that offer specialism in the area of fuel service operations at airports. These can vary from aviation logistics businesses to specialist aviation fuel operation companies.

New build fuel operations: Independent operators may be capable of providing a full design, finance, build, operate and transfer (DFBOT) service and so could take on the fuel operations from initial planning through to operations.

It may be feasible to have a hybrid scenario where the airport owns the facility, and outsources management and operation.

Why appoint an Independent Third Party Operator?

The key to this is the word ‘independent’. The businesses in this arena are unlikely to be influenced by oil companies or airlines, and so their operation will be based around business efficiency without any defined link to one set of users.

The airport may benefit from:

  • lower cost of handling fuel
  • potential reductions in fuel prices
  • potential increased fuel uplift and associated benefits for new routes and passengers.

Why use eJet?

The number of models open to an airport, and the existing arrangements, facilities and size all affect the choice of fuel operator and should be appropriate for the size and type of airport concerned.

eJet can approach the requirement independently and assess what’s right for you, depending on your attitude to risk, capital cost, shareholder value and control.

  • Make recommendations on whether the independent operator model is best for the airport.
  • Handle tendering requirement for operators.
  • Assess and audit potential providers.
  • Audit third party operations through the life of the concession.