RCD’s professionals include a team of lawyers with extensive experience advising companies from the aviation sector

At RCD we provide comprehensive legal advice to clients in the aviation sector, with interdisciplinary support from the various practice areas of the firm that contribute their expertise in each of the matters that affect the operation of the airlines, handling agents and other service providers in the aeronautical and airport sector.

We provide comprehensive advice to companies in the sector. Our services include:

Corporate Law and Contracts

  • Incorporation of airline companies
  • Commercial Agreements: interline, codeshares, joint ventures, joint business agreements, franchises
  • Hiring of service providers (handling, catering, fuel, GDSs, travel agencies, MRO, etc.)
  • Opening of branches and establishments in Spain

Regulatory and Competition Law

  • Request for authorizations and licenses unique to the sector (AOC, Exploitation License, CAMO, authorizations for handling services, etc.)
  • Traffic rights and slots
  • Comprehensive advice on sectoral regulations
  • Competition Law Procedures before national and community authorities (merger control, disciplinary proceedings, state aid)
  • Administrative procedures sought by competent national bodies (DGAC, AESA, consumer authorities, etc.), up to judicial defense
  • Relations with the administration and sectoral public and enforcement organizations (DGAC, AESA, CNMC, etc.)
  • Advice, management and assistance in the preparation of bidding documents and tenders
  • Relations with the airport operator and air traffic manager

Dispute Resolution

  • Claims for national and international carriage of cargo and passengers (Regulation 261/2004, Warsaw Convention, Montreal Convention, LNA, General Conditions, Nullity of Abusive Clauses, etc.)
  • Claims for death or bodily injury of passengers as well as damage to cargo
  • Claims for injuries sustained by employees during working hours and in the workplace
  • Arbitration


    • Advice on insurance and reinsurance matters to companies in the sector
    • Relations with insurance companies and brokers in the processing and management of claims