WTW and Cambridge University unveil Airport Risk Index

WTW and the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Risk Studies have unveiled what they claim is a ground-breaking Airport Risk Index (ARI). 

Both parties claim that the world’s airports will now, for the first time, be able to introduce new risk profiling methods to future-proof their resilience planning.

Presented to global airport executives at the annual WTW Airport Risk Community conference held in Lisbon, the index compares 110 of the world’s busiest airports by passenger volumes, against 19 identified threats.

The Index offers airports the ability to interrogate their existing and future assumptions on risk exposure. It combines historical and predictive analysis, to determine the levels of probability and impact of operational disruption on an airport’s profitability.

John Rooley, CEO Global Aerospace, said: “In line with our WTW data-led strategy, we‘re driving change across the aviation eco-system. This Index will deliver new perspectives and challenge how industry measures and manages risk.”

Dr Trevor Maynard, director of Systemic Risk Research, Centre for Risk Studies, Cambridge Judge Business School endorsed this view, “The Centre for Risk Studies at Cambridge Judge Business School and WTW collaborated to create this index which will empower leaders in the aviation world, through data-driven insights, to inform risk resilience.”

Hélène Galy, director WTW Research Network, highlighted the value of science-based partnerships that sit at the core of ARI: “Understanding risk and driving resilience are still best met working in partnerships and embracing the talents of people across the globe. This is where our long-term investment in research partnerships proves invaluable, bringing the latest science to our clients”