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Croon Aviation Lawyers 

provides legal support in all aspects of the aviation industry. 

The firm

The Firm

Croon Aviation Lawyers provides the aviation industry tailor made legal advice that combines high level legal expertise with in depth operational knowledge of the industry and its business environment

At Croon, expert legal advice is firmly rooted in the operational realities of aviation. During years of executive responsibility, we have dealt first-hand with numerous complex legal situations. This uniquely enables us to assess the practical implications of each legal issue.

In a highly regulated aviation industry, a practice-oriented legal strategy can be an important source of competitive advantage. While the industry is global in reach, we focus on individual clients and their unique legal issues.

Jochem Croon is an aviation lawyer and consultant. He is an acknowledged expert in EU and Dutch aviation law. 


His particular emphasis is on regulatory and commercial aviation matters, including air passenger rights, slot-regulation issues, traffic rights and airport infrastructure development. Jochem was General Counsel and Head of Industry Affairs at Transavia for over 12 years.


In 2014 he started in private practice, where he introduced the “key counsel” concept of providing outsourced legal and regulatory advice and solutions to airlines, airports and other parties operational in aviation. Clients benefit from his broad legal expertise, coupled with his practical know-how.


Jochem is a speaker at several aviation industry conferences worldwide and author of articles on air law- and aviation matters for newspapers and professional journals.

Jochem Croon


As generalists, we are familiar with all different areas of law relevant for the aviation industry. We deal with your legal issues from a “key counsel” perspective. We are your outsourced general counsel for the Dutch jurisdiction. Where needed, we involve – independent from any specific law firm – other legal specialists on the specific area of law.


co-operations, re-structuring

Infrastructure development

slots en airports 

Aircraft and Engine financing

sale, purchase and leasing

Corporate matters

and commercial transactions


litigation and claims handling

 Emergency response

incident handling

Aero political developments

EU and national

Aviation Regulation

distribution and payment


Legal credentials

The breadth and depth of our aviation franchise for the Netherlands is unparalleled.

During over 12 years of executive responsibility as General Counsel and Head of Industry Affairs of a low cost leisure airline (Transavia), the founder of Croon Aviation Lawyers (Jochem Croon) has dealt first-hand with numerous complex legal situations related to different areas of law. As an acknowledged expert in Dutch and EU aviation law, he has been a front-runner on developing new corporate structures, legal solutions and/or defenses for the European aviation industry.


  • Management of litigation and set up of litigation strategy for commercial airlines on many different legal areas (such as regulatory, commercial law, competition law, consumer law, and claims handling) for various courts (including the Dutch Supreme court) and Authorities relevant for aviation (such as Slot coordination, The Dutch competition and market authority, The Dutch CAA/Inspectorate);

  • Guidance on- and implementation of EU law for commercial airlines;

  • Negotiations with governments, enforcement bodies and (aviation) authorities on licenses, agreements, permits, air traffic rights and upcoming new- or amended legislation;

  • Establishment of two new airlines. Architecting and execution of its company and governance structure, both corporate and contractual. Negotiation with shareholders, managing tax rulings and governmental licenses and permits;

  • Successfully representing an EU airline in 2019 before the European Court of Justice regarding referred prejudicial questions on passenger rights in correlation with the EU package travel directive;

  • Victorious for a Spanish carrier at the Dutch Council of State (the highest Administrative Court) in a dispute against the Dutch CAA inspectorate (ILT) on passenger rights enforcement;

  • Representing and defending a regional airport against the Dutch CAA inspectorate (ILT) on its infrastructure development and ICAO-based airport licensing;

  • Representing commercial airlines in the airport slot allocation process and subsequent administrative- and civil law proceedings;

  • Representing and advising various operators (commercial and special purpose operators) on aircraft purchase and leasing;

  • Assisting and advising an aircraft manufacturer on aircraft purchase and lease transactions involving the Dutch jurisdiction;

  • Advising and representing low cost carrier on base closure.

Articles by the firm

‘If You Do Not Know Where You Are Going, You Will End Up Somewhere Else’: Update on the Continuing Discussion on Technical Problems and Passenger Rights

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Placing Wallentin-Hermann in Line with Continuing Airworthiness. A Possible Guide for Enforcers of EC Regulations 261/2004

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"Wallentin-Hermann" and a Safe Flight. In Aviation there are no Minimum Rules on Maintenance

             -Do not Take off-

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A 'Wild Cat' Ruling by the European Court of Justice. European Court Ruling on EU Regulations 261/2004

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Punctuality or a Safe Flight: Which Should Have Priority?

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Regulation (EC) 261/2004 and Internal Strikes Under Article 5.3: ‘It’s All About Control, Stupid’

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Zomervluchten annuleren door personeelstekort Schiphol? 'Juridisch kan dit helemaal niet'


Schiphol: excuses voor chaos, grens aan aantal vluchten in drukke periodes


'Het is zorgwekkend dat Schiphol aansprakelijkheid ontkent'


Schiphol artificially restricting airport cargo capacity with 'illegal' slot rules


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