The airline industry and international law

  • January 19, 2024
  • Dr. Rupak Sarma

On October 27, 2023, the International Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association brought together legal experts in the airline industry for a captivating event that shed light on various aspects of aviation law. Here’s a recap of the key insights shared by our distinguished speakers.

Eric Goneau, a lawyer from Blakes Toronto, gave us an exclusive look into the Cape Town Convention and its pivotal role in aviation finance and leasing. He emphasized how this convention brings stability and predictability to aircraft financing, ultimately reducing risks for creditors and lowering financing costs. Eric also highlighted Avmax Aircraft Leasing Inc. v Air X Charter Limited, 2022 ABCA 252, a recent Alberta Court of Appeal decision showcasing the Convention’s applicability in Canada.

Dane Patton, a lawyer from Bennett Jones Calgary who is also a certified pilot, delivered an informative update on forthcoming amendments to the Canada Transportation Act and the Air Passenger Protection Regulations. His presentation covered new grounds for air passenger protection, fresh carrier obligations for passenger treatment, air passenger complaint procedures, and other notable changes. Dane’s presentation kept us all in the loop on what to expect in the air travel sector.

Jay White, a lawyer representing the Edmonton International Airport, provided a brief yet insightful perspective on how international law applies to YEG. He elucidated the strategic actions taken to steer clear of international regulations affecting their operations or transferring any applicable obligations. Jay’s presentation paved the way for Marion Chivot-Legris to showcase YEG’s commitment to Environmental, Social, and Governance initiatives, with a spotlight on their net-zero plan.

Dr. Rupak Sarma, Member at Large, orchestrated this event on behalf of the CBA International Law Section. Eric Goneau expertly moderated the event proceedings, ensuring a smooth and informative experience for all attendees.

The event served as a valuable platform for legal professionals, aviation experts, and enthusiasts to come together, exchange knowledge, and gain deeper insights into the intricate world of aviation law.

We look forward to more such enlightening events in the future, in which we will continue to explore the dynamic landscape of international law.

Dr. Rupak Sarma, Davidson and Williams