Select Page

GUATEMALA CITY / APRIL 30, 2021 / AVIATION NEWS – Avfuel Corporation welcomes LAATS FBO at Guatemala La Aurora International Airport (MGGT) to its branded network, marking the fuel supplier’s first branded presence in Central America.

Insider LAATS FBOAs an Avfuel-branded location, LAATS FBO now offers guests lucrative rewards through AVTRIP and the FBO gains access to Avfuel’s suite of operational solutions, including payment processing and leading training programs.

“Avfuel is proud to expand its branded presence into Central America and partner with leading service provider, LAATS FBO,” said Joel Hirst, Avfuel’s vice president of sales. “The entire LAATS FBO team—under the vision and leadership of CEO Mario Juarez—provides its customers with an exceptional level of support, aligning perfectly with the values behind the Avfuel brand.”

“Every decision we make at LAATS FBO is made with our customers and our community in mind,” said Karen Nichols, LAATS FBO manager. “We are optimistic that this new partnership with Avfuel will enable us to add to our repertoire of industry-leading services and further connect our local economy with global partners.”

With more than 20 years of experience in the aviation industry, LAATS FBO is Guatemala’s leading ground service provider. Its team established the country’s first true FBO and hangar complex—with the airport’s only VIP lounge—to facilitate an exceptional travel experience as the premier gateway to Guatemala’s economic epicenter. The LAATS FBO facility provides a host of amenities and services, including: relaxing lounges for both passengers and crew members, featuring modern architecture, natural elements and walls of windows; a conference room; office space; a bistro bar and gourmet dining; complementary snacks; a well-equipped business center; entertainment and media equipment; Wi-Fi; restrooms; air conditioning; and ramp access. Guests who land will benefit from a suite of professional services, such as immigration and customs, dedicated concierge services, catering, hotel accommodations, car rentals, armored car and limousine rental, and laundry services.

LAATS FBO Conference RoomWhile pilots and passengers enjoy a premier FBO experience with unparalleled customer care, they can also be assured their aircraft receive the five-star treatment. LAATS FBO is ready to provide expert handling, secure parking, fuel coordination, flight planning services, permits coordination, AVSEC Security services, ground power units, line maintenance, aircraft cleaning, oxygen/nitrogen services, lav services and weather briefings. Furthermore, with a complete fleet of ground support equipment, the LAATS team is on the ready to provide an array of specialized services, including presidential and diplomatic services, military operations, tech stop support, ambulance flights, and charter flights.

Prioritizing safety, LAATS FBO was the first operation in Guatemala to receive IS-BAH Stage 1 certification, and the first independent ground service provider in Latin America and the Caribbean to exceed requirements for IATA’s Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO). To further demonstrate its commitment to health and safety, LAATS FBO has also received certification from NATA’s Safety 1st Clean initiative.

LAATS’ rise in the industry was facilitated by its total commitment to customer satisfaction, operational safety and quality services. The FBO is led by a highly-trained, industry-savvy management team, who is proud to provide the aviation community with innovative services and equipment as a one-stop solution for passenger and cargo operations.


LAATS is a Guatemalan Private company with 22 years of experience in the Aviation Industry. We are an integrated Ground Service Provider with more than 20 years of growth and experience based at Guatemala La Aurora International Airport, also with services at Mundo Maya (TIKAL) International Airport. LAATS has grown to be the number one GSP and industry leader due to its total commitment to customer satisfaction, highly trained and strong industry savvy management team, innovative services and equipment, single key solution for passenger and cargo operations and moreover our total and absolute commitment to operational safety and quality services. As proof of this, LAATS has been among a few GSP and the first independent one in Latin America and the Caribbean to meet and exceed IATA ISAGO quality and operation standards since 2011. Situated just 20 meters away from the general and executive parking ramp, 20 years of experience as a GSP has made LAATS adept in providing all services, all facilities, all GSE, and the experienced and trained personnel required to handle aviation operations from a very light jet to a Boeing 747 passenger and cargo carrier. LAATS is a proud NATA and NBAA member, is NATA Safety 1st Clean Approved, NATA Safety 1st Qualified, and IBAC IS-BAH Registered. This oversight system gives us not only much pride, but also much responsibility to meet—day in and day out—our customers’ expectations for quality, safety and excellence in operations.


Avfuel provides fuel and services to the global aviation industry and is the leading independent supplier in the United States. Established as a supply and logistics company more than 45 years ago, Avfuel is core competent in every aspect that surrounds the delivery of fuel—from refinery to wingtip. Avfuel combines global access with personalized service throughout a fueling network of more than 3,000 locations worldwide and 650+ Avfuel-branded dealers. Our 100% dedication to aviation demonstrates our passion and commitment to a global community that prospers on the movement of goods and services around the world.

Contact Avfuel Corporation: Marci Ammerman, Vice President Marketing, 734-663-6466, [email protected],,,

Contact LAATS FBO:

Karen Nichols, FBO Manager, +502-5054-6326, [email protected],,, Instagram @laatsfbo,

Mario Juarez, CEO LAATS FBO, +502-5208-7556, [email protected],,, Instagram @laatsfbo,