Broker Willis Towers Watson has entered a corporate partnership with the Airport Operators Association (AOA), the trade body representing UK airports.
The agreement will enable Willis Towers Watson’s to access the AOA’s membership at a time when airport operators are looking at new risks and increasing exposures.
The partnership follows the Willis Towers Watson aerospace team’s launch of the Airport Risk Community (ARC), which aims to bring together airport operators to debate the risks facing the industry through an ambitious programme of conferences, working groups and airport exchanges.
In a statement the broker said partnership will benefit both sides.
For the AOA, it said the deal provides opportunities to extend Willis Towers Watson’s latest solutions and advisory expertise to their membership.
“As an industry that faces complex and fluid risks while needing to balance this with sustainable and strategic growth, this partnership will not only enhance risk mitigation practices but also enable AOA members to actively participate in the creation of a more resilient industry overall,” it added.
For the broker it allows participation at AOA policymaking forums, such as this week’s annual AOA Annual Conference in London, and outreach opportunities to AOA members, who include over 50 airports and 150 associate members, made up of suppliers to the aviation industry.
John Rooley, CEO of Global Aerospace, Willis Towers Watson, said: “We are delighted to formalise our relationship with the AOA, as the UK’s leading airport representative and look forward to working in tandem on future strategic initiatives.”
Karen Dee, CEO of the Airport Operators Association, said: “We are proud to have Willis Towers Watson as our newest Corporate Partner. Their extensive expertise and global reach will be of great value to the AOA’s members, and strengthen further the collaborative community nature of UK airports and UK aviation more generally.