Aer Lingus win Budapest runway run for third year in a row

  • Third win for Aer LIngus as fastest airline
  • Athens won fastest airport
  • Airport run sponsored by

The winning Aer Lingus team at the Budapest Airport runway run 2018

Aer Lingus won the title of ‘Fastest Airline in the World’ for the third time in succession at the Budapest runway run. 

Comprising of three races, 10km (four runway lengths), 5km and 1.5km for children (6-15 years old) – the run is open to all individuals and teams in the aviation community, followed by a barbecue on the terrace of Budapest Airport’s historic former Terminal 1 overlooking the re-opened runway. 

Entries were fielded by Emirates, LOT Polish Airlines, Qatar Airways, Swiss International Airlines, Vueling and Wizz Air. Athens Airport won ’Fastest Airport in the World, while ground handlers, security, duty free concessionaires, hotels and banks also took part. The final team winners were: Hungarocontrol – Fastest Airline Operator; British Embassy of Hungary – Fastest Embassy; Marriott Hotel – Fastest Tourist Company; and Viacom (Nickelodeon) – Fastest Airport Partner.

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A 16-strong running team, captained by Revenue Management Analyst Wayne Forde took the top prize at this year’s  Budapest Runway Run for charity.

For the first time, two airport employees featured among the winners, Nikolett Huszák, Airline and Property Marketing Manager and Balázs Csuka, Strategic Buyer , having placed in the 5km race, while Cecília Szőke, KPMG Hungary and Gábor Vas, from a local sports equipment company, were awarded the winning trophies for the 10km run. Headline sponsors were Airbus, Qatar Airways, Mercedes Benz Hungary & .KPMG International Auditing Company.

Entry fees of €35 before July 2018  are donated to charity. This year the run, which was held again in aid of the bone marrow transplant charity, Anthony Nolan, and Hungary’s Suhanj! Foundation, a charity which supports the inclusion of disabled people in sport, raised a record €50,000 . The Budapest Runway Run has been in operation for six years and has raised  €130,000 for charity.

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“It is a great honour that Budapest Airport can be the host of this aviation and sport event which is unique on the continent, and we are proud to see big teams of major airports such as Athens, Dusseldorf, and Hamburg participating,” said Jost Lammers, CEO, Budapest Airport. More details available here.


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