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Transport and Aviation

Our Aviation and Transport team has a very strong reputation in Belgium and covers both advisory work and advocacy. We appear before the full range of ordinary, administrative, arbitral and international courts and tribunals, in Belgium and abroad.  

We maintain regular contact with top tier foreign law firms, enabling us to offer seamless, high-quality management of cross-border cases.

  Counsel, Head of Practice

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Recent work highlights:

  • We represent the entity in charge of the Federal Airport in numerous court cases including recent claims by residents against the Belgian State and the Airport Authority due to the alleged increase of noise around the airport. We succeeded once again in a recent court case to obtain a judgement dismissing the claims of the plaintiffs. They have not lodged an appeal against our client.
  • We represent a major Belgian airline company before the Belgian courts in two major cases in which a blacklisted African airline has summoned our client for illegal use of traffic rights between Congo and Belgium and abuse of dominant market position. We won both cases in first instance. We were also heavily involved in setting up and developing a subsidiary of that company in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • We continue to represent and assist the Belgian market leader for aviation insurance, and international insurance companies on various liability and regulatory issues in the aviation and insurance sector and in numerous court proceedings relating to plane crashes and accidents.
  • We have recently instituted proceedings against an international organization on behalf of nearly all global airlines in order to dispute the amounts requested for air navigation charges.
  • We manage claims for major air and rail carriers (including their insurance and communication aspects), and are the emergency response team for an international railway company in the event of crises. We participate in the permanent updating of internal procedures, communication tools (i.a. the carrier’s website) and contractual documents in a constantly evolving commercial and regulatory environment.
  • We represent a major Belgian airline company and a low-cost airline company against a Consumer organisation which initiated court proceedings in order to prevent the use of their general conditions of carriage which allegedly violated the Belgian Act on Consumer Protection and Commercial Practices. We obtained two very favourable judgments for our clients in which only a limited number of clauses (with no real implication on their commercial practices) were declared invalid and had to be changed. These procedures are currently pending before the Cour d’appel de Liège. General conditions of carriage have been redrafted.

What others say about us

A "fast, knowledgeable and practical" team (Legal 500 2016)

“Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick’s transport department, which is led by the ‘pragmatic’ Marc Godfroid, excels at aircraft insurance matters.” (Legal 500 2013)