Business Aviation in Spain: Fuel Considerations

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Business Aviation in Spain: Fuel Considerations

Business Aviation in Spain: Fuel Considerations

This is a post by author Gonzalo Barona. Gonzalo is Managing Director for Universal Aviation Spain, which has aircraft ground handling facilities in Madrid, and Gerona. Gonzalo is an expert on business aircraft operations in Spain and can be contacted at

This business aviation blog post is part of a series on operating in Spain and continues from our last article “Understanding CIQ Requirements in Spain for Business Aviation.”

While arrangements for fuel uplifts usually go smoothly in Spain, there are considerations to be aware of. Fuel delays may occur in some cases and the price you pay for aviation fuel will be impacted by your fuel credit arrangements. Here is some useful information regarding fueling arrangements in Spain to help you through this process:

1. Know the process for obtaining aviation fuel in Spain

Due to possible fuel truck delays as a result of scheduled commercial aircraft activity, it’s best to provide your ground handler with at least 24 hours advance notification of fuel requirements. Aviation fuel delays are less likely at LETO, as this is a military airport and does not deal with scheduled commercial traffic. Fuel uplifts can be arranged on credit – either via fuel releases or major aviation fuel cards. Government fuel company C.L.H. services most locations in Spain and does not accept consumer credit cards or currency unless it’s the Euro.

2. You’ll pay a higher price without credit arrangements

Posted aviation fuel prices change daily in Spain, and you’ll always pay a higher price when not using contract fuel or aviation fuel cards. Spain charges both value added tax (VAT) and mineral oil tax (MOT) on non-commercial fuel uplifts. Charter (non-scheduled commercial) operators may be able to avoid VAT and MOT by showing their Air Operator Certificate (AOC) to the fueler and confirming that fuel receipt states “commercial.” Other charges associated with fuel in Spain include into-plane fees and late-night fuel surcharge at some locations. These late-night fees usually apply for fuel uplifts after 2200 local.

For more on this, check out this post by Allie Truesdell, titled: Picking Best Method for Purchasing Jet Fuel – Part 1 & Part 2.

3. Fuel delivery time varies by airport

Depending upon traffic at the airport, expect to be fueled in 20 minutes to an hour. Assuming that fuel uplift has been booked in advance, and you’re operating on schedule, fuel truck delays are seldom problematic in Spain.

4. Notify your handler in advance if you want fuel tested

If you’d like fuel tested prior to delivery, let your ground handler know at least 24-hours in advance. There is a charge by the fuel company for any fuel testing.

5. Avoid issues by monitoring fuel uplifts

Be aware that if a fueler uplifts more fuel than the operator requested, there’ll be a delay in getting the excess fuel removed. A separate truck will need to remove excess fuel, and they’ll charge you a per-gallon cost for removal.


To avoid paying top posted price for fuel, it’s best practice, particularly in Spain, to always make use of contract fuel or aviation fuel cards. In order to obtain all applicable aviation fuel tax exemptions in Spain, charter operators should be sure to show their AOC to the fueler.


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