Airport & Airspace Access

Crowell & Moring represents airlines in securing operating authority at airports and overflight rights. We also advise them on the array of legal and competitive issues associated with airport operations. Our lawyers represent airlines in slot proceedings at slot-controlled airports, and advise clients on the acquisition of slots and other operating rights. In addition, we handle airport environmental claims involving airline operations.

Representative Engagements

  • Representing a commuter affiliate of a major U.S. airline in Department of Transportation (DOT) and federal appellate court proceedings to confirm the right of airlines to operate aircraft with fewer than 56 seats between Dallas Love Field and any U.S. point and the commuter affiliate's right to offer connecting service at its hub for passengers on flights serving Dallas Love Field
  • Representing a U.S. airline in DOT and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proceedings to secure new slots at LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport
  • Representing an airline trade association before DOT and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit to oppose a new landing fee scheme for Boston-Logan International Airport
  • Advising airline clients on overflight restrictions and other operating restrictions on aircraft