Modern travel law requires a combination of understanding the travel business and the applicable laws. Our travel lawyers have worked with travel agencies for many years in acquiring and selling businesses, negotiating contracts with global distribution system (GDS) vendors and others, and dealing with federal and state regulations unique to the travel industry.
We represent airlines, travel agencies, corporations, hotels, and other industry participants. The chairman of our practice team—one of only a handful of nationally recognized travel law attorneys—has served as regional counsel for the Upper Midwest chapter of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) and the Minnesota Corporate Travel Association.
Fredrikson’s Travel Group has the experience to handle a comprehensive range of legal issues related to the travel industry. Our services fall into two general areas:
Our team regularly works with the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) on behalf of agencies and corporations seeking accreditation, transaction settlement, or data information services. We also have significant experience dealing with government regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
We regularly assist agencies and corporations with a variety of business matters, including group, incentive and supplier contracts, CRS/GDS agreements, mergers and acquisitions, employment and independent contractor issues, business entity selection, and risk management.
- Our team has represented clients who buy and sell aircraft, as well as aircraft equipment manufacturers in negligence and liability claims.
- We represent parties with respect to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) matters, including aircraft accidents and regulatory issues.
- We have worked on matters involving owning fractional interests in airplanes, as well as structuring international ownership of airplanes.
- We have represented travel agencies in actions brought before the Travel Agent Arbiter by the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) which have resulted in retention of the agencies’ operating authority under ARC.