ELLESMERE Port's Stanlow refinery has started supplying jet fuel to airlines at Cardiff Airport.

Essar Oil UK, which owns and operates the Stanlow Manufacturing Complex, confirmed today (August 4) that deals have been secured with various carriers that operate flights from the facility.

The company says the agreements further demonstrate the continued success of its aviation fuels business, with direct supply arrangements now in place at five major airports across the UK – Manchester, Birmingham, London Stansted, Leeds-Bradford and now Cardiff.

Adam Brayne, aviation and business development manager at Essar, said: "Adding Cardiff Airport to our UK network is a further chapter in our growth story, as Essar continues to support major airlines through what we hope will be a recovery period for the sector.

"We look forward to a successful partnership with the airport and are delighted to have already secured direct business with a number of key airline customers there."

David Walters, chief financial officer of Cardiff Airport, added: "We have been working hard to ensure suitable choice is available to our airline partners at Cardiff Airport, and we are very pleased that Essar has agreed to work with us as a new long-term fuel partner.

"We really look forward to working closely with the company, as we welcome more flights and airlines back to Cardiff."