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Shell opens new Indian airport operations

Oil giant, Shell, is to expand in operation in India by launching aviation fuel services at 10 of the nation’s biggest airports.

Oil giant, Shell, is to expand in operation in India by launching aviation fuel services at 10 of the nation’s biggest airports.

Through Shell MRPL Aviation Fuels and Services Private Limited (SMA) – a joint venture between Shell and Mangalore Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL) – the company will expand its operations to Mumbai, Chennai, Calicut and Mangalore airports.

Other new additions include Goa, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Coimbatore.

Shell’s only other aircraft refuelling operations in India are at the new build Bengaluru and Hyderabad–Rajiv Gandhi airports, both of which opened in 2008.

“We are delighted to expand our network in India and hope to serve an increasing number of customers that see value in being fuelled by Shell,” says Sanjay Varkey, CEO, Shell MRPL Aviation Fuels and Services Private Limited.

“We are committed to providing the same high quality products and services in India that our global customers have come to expect of Shell.”

Shell is currently the only multi-national oil company with a government license to market aviation fuels in India.

James Rigney, Etihad Airways’ chief financial officer, noted: “The expansion of Shell into the Indian market promotes healthy competition and this supports Etihad’s approach to transparent fuel procurement.”

Outside of India, Shell recently launched refuelling services at Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International Airport, London City Airport in the UK and Roskilde Airport in Denmark.

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