Címlap » Home » Business and Partners » Aviation » Route development

Aer Lingus reclaims title: “Fastest Airline in the World” in Budapest Airport Runway Run

On the runway, Budapest Airport 3 September 2016: A team of 20 Aer Lingus runners raced down Budapest Airport’s Runway 13R-31L this weekend to reclaim the title of “The Fastest Airline in the World” in the air transport industry’s annual 10km charity race, beating a dozen other airline teams and snatching the title back from reigning champions SWISS.

In total 976 runners from airlines, airports and other aviation enterprises– including headline sponsor Airbus – lined up on the start line. As well as winning the most-coveted team prize, Aer Lingus also took the “double” as team member Robert Murphy crossed the line in first place with a 34-second lead, resoundingly beating all other competitors over the 10km course – four lengths of the runway – taking the prize of “Fastest Aviator” in a blazing time of 34:47 – the second time the 35-old Irishman has taken the title in his running career.

The Aer Lingus CEO, Stephen Kavanagh, himself a twice-veteran of the Budapest Airport Runway Run, personally stood on the Dublin Airport Tarmac to greet the team’s victorious homecoming: “After the disappointment of losing the world’s fastest airline title last year, it’s even more satisfying to reclaim it in such style in 2016. Congratulations to all involved from across our airline in delivering a great team performance, you’ve done Aer Lingus proud and helped a great charitable cause along the way.”

The fourth Budapest Airport Runway Run, co-organised with the airline news and analysis website www.anna.aero, and sponsored by Airbus and Qatar Airways, takes place on a normally extremely active runway (the airport has two) and involves closing runway 13R-31L for just a few hours in order to stage the air transport industry’s annual premier charity sporting event, held 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 (some of Hungary’s Paralympic team departed Budapest Airport for Rio on the same day as the race).

Teams and individual runners included serious competitive entries fielded by Qatar Airways, Pegasus Airlines, Emirates, Egyptair, Etihad, Small Planet Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, United Airlines, SkyWork Airlines, ASL Airlines, Wizz Air, Turkish Airlines and last year’s titleholders SWISS. ASL Airlines’ Lászlo Molnár was fastest Airline CEO (finishing in 46 minutes), while Ralf Schmid, the CEO of Allgäu Airport Memmingen (also known as Munich West Airport) was this year’s Fastest Airport CEO. Holding on to its title of ‘Fastest Airport’ for a second year running, Poland’s Wroclaw Airport once again challenged several energetic airports from across Europe, while headline sponsor Airbus went home triumphant as the ‘Fastest Aviation Enterprise’.

Speaking at the prize-giving on the concourse of the airport’s historic Terminal 1, Budapest Airport CEO Jost Lammers said: “It was a very hot race today with temperatures close to 35C on the runway – even the most experienced runners admitted that just finishing the race was a real athletic achievement. We are very proud of all our competitors for their part in making this a record-attended runway run – close to 1,000 runners from across the international aviation community took part helping to promote our airport and this fantastic city while allowing us to donate 100% of entrance fees to the benefiting charities. This event is firmly and truly established as a winning formula for all.”
976 runners from airlines, airports and other aviation enterprises – including headline sponsor Airbus – took part in this year’s Budapest Airport Runway Run, Saturday 3 September.
A team of 20 Aer Lingus runners raced down Budapest Airport’s Runway 13R-31L this weekend to reclaim the title of “The Fastest Airline in the World” in the air transport industry’s annual 10km charity race.



Budapest Airport united with US once again

In a major piece of network development Budapest Airport has announced the resumption of US services today, as LOT Polish Airlines confirms flights from the Hungarian gateway to New York (JFK) and Chicago O’Hare. Welcoming the arrival of regular 787-8 scheduled services, the first flight due to launch on 3 May 2018, with New York being flown four times weekly and the Chicago sector operated twice-weekly. The return of US services comes after American Airlines and Delta Air Lines left the Hungarian market in 2011. More »

TAP Portugal back at Budapest Airport

TAP Portugal has taken off again from Budapest Airport after a 14-month break, marking the resumption of the Portuguese flag carrier’s link to Lisbon. Daily services to Portugal’s capital city recommenced on 2 July. At the launch, the airline confirmed that a six times weekly service will continue throughout W17/18. More »

Budapest Airport wins fourth Skytrax Award in a row!

Budapest Airport has been awarded the Skytrax title for “Best Airport in the region” for the fourth time in a row – the first time in the history of the awards that an Eastern European airport has kept its top position for four consecutive years. More »

Budapest Airport strengthens links to Ukraine

Budapest Airport’s expectations for further development in 2017 continue with the welcome arrival of new airline partner Ukraine International Airlines. Launching a daily link to Kiev Boryspil on 15 June, utilising its fleet of two-class configured 737-800s, the Ukrainian flag carrier will face no direct competition on the 908-kilometre sector. More »

Budapest Airport joins Moroccan market

Continuing the expansion of its route network, Budapest Airport announces another development today with the welcome addition of Ryanair’s new link to Marrakech. Having increased its Budapest passenger traffic by 20% last year, delivering more than 1.7 million passengers, the low-cost carrier has confirmed its fourth new route from the Hungarian gateway for 2017. More »

Budapest Airport names Wizz Air’s 10th new link of 2017

Budapest Airport is celebrating Wizz Air’s 10th new route announcement of the year, naming Bordeaux as the ultra-low-cost carrier’s (ULCC) latest link. With flights due to commence from 22 September, the twice-weekly service will join Wizz Air’s expanding Hungarian route network, becoming its 62nd destination served from Budapest. More »

Budapest Airport announces Ryanair expansion

Budapest Airport, having already confirmed 12 new routes for 2017, continues to enhance its route network and announces Ryanair will be launching a further three new routes. Having recorded 20% growth in passenger numbers from the Hungarian gateway last year, Ryanair will add another 9 weekly flights to its continuously-expanding services from Budapest, the low-cost carrier (LCC) confirming new links to Valencia, Edinburgh and Prague. More »