Helping you shape a sustainable future

We have practical, hands on experience of working with airports, airlines and aviation services businesses  and share with our clients a genuine passion and enthusiasm for the sector.  Our  team members have real-world business experience, which means that we can help you develop commercial and pragmatic solutions that make sense for your business.  

Our international Airports team has a wealth of experience advising airport clients on just about any legal issue they might face.  We also  work with businesses that support and form part of an airport's operations, such as airlines, ATC providers, ground handlers, fuel operators, and the franchisors and franchisees of shops, restaurants and hotels. This experience puts us in a perfect position to understand the entirety of the commercial and regulatory environment of airport businesses.

Our unique focus on technology coupled with our global team's deep expertise in aviation, projects and infrastructure, procurement, and areas of increasing importance such as cyber law, data protection and digital marketing, means we have the skills and expertise  to guide you in leading the way in this fast-paced, rapidly changing sector. 

We understand that, whilst airports remain key national infrastructure assets, they are businesses learning how to adapt to and make the most of technology and the digital world. 

Corporate Social Responsibility Disputes Counter-drone technology Energy management Use of data Digitalisation and technology Procurement Regulation Real estate Payments Retail Employment

We are excited by how digitalisation and big data are revolutionising airports, their operation and their interaction with users.  We understand that you're looking to technology and data to enhance the passenger experience, optimise operational efficiency and maximise profits, all the time meeting strict regulatory requirements of the sector.  We have no doubt that you are facing a host of challenges: managing growth whilst optimising existing capacity; maximising profits; controlling costs; keeping passengers, their belongs and personal data safe; and protecting against potential large scale terror attacks.  

The amount of data that can - and is - being collected, analysed and stored by every player in the aviation industry is vast. We understand that airports are a smaller piece in a much larger aviation data puzzle and they too are looking at ways to maximise the opportunities the big data world can bring.  

We offer truly seamless international advice, with subject matter experts located across Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific, and draw upon the wider expertise of our Aviation, Infrastructure, Procurement, Retail & Consumer and Technology & Communications groups to help get you to the right commercial outcome.

We share with our clients a genuine passion and enthusiasm for the  industry and a drive to ensure our clients succeed.


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‘Extensive experience handling a broad range of aviation law concerns, including aircraft financing, insurance, regulatory matters and competition.’

Chambers UK, 2021

‘An excellent team for all aspects of aviation law, skilled and responsive.’

Legal 500, 2021

‘A grasp of the detail across multiple domains, applied well to individual issues, allied to innovation in driving change in aviation.’

Legal 500, 2021

Bird & Bird LLP's 'agile and relevant' Aviation department is 'customer-focused and responsive.'

Legal 500 UK, 2020

They are easy to work with and able to balance giving good advice with commercial sense.

Chambers Asia Pacific, 2020

"Bird & Bird is one of the very few aviation law firms that provides a deep product suite at a very competitive price.”

Chambers UK, 2019

"They are very switched-on, and are quick to respond, very professional and very good at what they do.”

Chambers UK, 2019

"They are very supportive, client-oriented and have good knowledge of the aviation market."

Chambers UK, 2018

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