Quick Increase Of Passengers

  • Worldwide airport passenger numbers increased by 5.7% in 2014 to over 6.7 billion, registering increases in all six regions.
  • Airport traffic in emerging markets and developing economies experienced growth of 8%, whereas airports in advanced economies grew by 4% in 2014, with emerging markets reaching a 43% share of global passenger traffic.
  • During 2014, the highest number of passengers went through airports in the Asia-Pacific region:
    1. Asia-Pacific (2.3 billion, up 7.1% over 2013)
    2. Europe (1.8 billion, up 5.5% over 2013)
    3. North America (1.6 billion, up 3.2% over 2013)
    4. Latin America-Caribbean (531 million, up 6.4% over 2013)
    5. Middle East (308 million, up 10.8% over 2013)
    6. Africa (180 million, up 2.7% over 2013)
  • With over 1.4 billion passengers, BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), which represent 21% of global passenger traffic, achieved strong growth of 9% in passenger traffic. MINT countries (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey) also achieved robust traffic growth, with a 7.2% increase for passenger traffic in 2014.
  • Although Dubai (DXB) is the sixth-busiest airport in the world in overall passenger traffic, it became the world’s busiest in terms of international passenger traffic, ahead of London-Heathrow (LHR), in 2014.
  • Istanbul (+10.5%) remains one of the fastest-growing airports among the world’s top 30 airports for passenger traffic, moving from 18th to 13th rank.

Our Solutions


Executive Search

ADK International has been a recognized player in International Executive Search for almost 20 years. Few are globally so well connected –  we know where to find the executives you need and how to attract them to your organization.


Executive Assessment

We love to sit down with you and find answers to these and other questions and to make sure you get a good insight and understanding – enabling you to make important leadership decisions when they are needed most.


Global Talent Mapping

Talent Mapping is a strategic process where we identify and map individuals in relevant industries and companies according to their skills, capabilities and competences.


Board Consulting

Today’s business world demands more from your board than ever before: They need to be uniquely skilled and possibly specialists within your industry.

Our Experts


Doug Kuelpman
President Practice Leader Airport Management

Doug is the founder and President of ADK International. As a founder and President of ADK Consulting & Executive Search in the USA in 2003, Doug’s company has grown to be the largest executive search firm in the airport management industry.

Doug’s 40 year aviation career is multi-faceted, including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regional office in Seattle, WA, Evergreen International Airlines in McMinnville, OR, Tracor Aviation, Santa Barbara, CA and UPS Airlines in Louisville, KY. Doug was on the Executive Staff at UPS where he helped support the UPS Airline start-up team, the Airport Properties Group and the International Public Affairs / Public Relations Group. Other career highlights for Doug include: Graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle, WA (Transportation Planning), Engineering Officer in the U.S. Navy, and a private pilot with multiple licenses.

Doug’s major responsibility for ADK International includes Client Relationships, Business Development, and Project Management.