Airport Management Guide for Providing Aircraft Fueling Services

Publicly owned airports may need or have an interest in providing aircraft fueling services, which may be due to market or other conditions that are not attractive to the private sector. Due to a variety of financial and economic barriers, some airports have lost full-service Fixed Base Operators (FBOs) and must decide on whether to provide those services in full or in part. Some airports are assuming responsibility for FBO facilities, fuel storage systems, and provisions for self-service fueling. Airport operators are generally unfamiliar with the requirements for selling fuel directly to aircraft owners and operators. Factors such as pricing strategies, inventory controls, customer expectations, staffing, regulatory requirements, capital investment, and operating and maintenance costs associated with the fueling services are some of the elements essential to the decision to engage in providing fueling services. The objective of this research is to develop a guidebook for airports that are considering, or are currently providing, fueling services to their customers. The guidebook should serve as a manual that an airport can use as a reference to include: (a) a methodology to evaluate whether an airport should or should not provide fuel service; (b) a checklist of action items required for providing fuel service; and (c) a sample RFP for the provision of aircraft fuel supply.


  • English


  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $350000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 01-30

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Schatz, Theresia

  • Performing Organizations:

    KRAMER aerotek

    Boulder, CO  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Kramer, Lois

  • Start Date: 20161001
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180630
  • Actual Completion Date: 20180630
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40165

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01572155
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 01-30
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 1 2015 1:30AM