Home run for Wizz Air at Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run

More than 1,000 runners entered this year’s Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run, sponsored by Airbus and Qatar Airways. The annual air transport industry’s 10km charity race was held on Runway 13R-31L of Budapest Airport, Saturday 2 September.

A strong team of 26 Wizz Air runners has officially claimed the title of ‘Fastest Airline In The World’ having won the air transport industry’s 10km charity race held annually on Runway 13R-31L of Budapest Airport on Saturday 2 September. Snatching the title from reigning champions Aer Lingus, who entered a determined team of 24 runners, the home-based airline beat the Irish flag carrier by a crucial 40 seconds – special mention should go out to the IAG carrier achieving a second-place podium finish for its team and third-place for individual runners.

Home Run! Wizz Air takes the winning team prize for the ‘Fastest Airline in the World’. The home-based airline was presented the trophy by Dionisio Olalla-Lopez, Sales Director, Airbus (left) which once again proudly supported the event as main title sponsor. Olalla-Lopez himself crossed the line in first place with a 48-second lead, beating all other competitors over the 10km course – four lengths of Runway 13R-31L – to take the prize of ‘Fastest Aviator’ in a scorching time of 37:34.

With this year’s entries more than quadrupling since the first run five years ago, last weekend saw more than 1,000 runners from airlines, airports and other aviation enterprises from around the globe gather on the start line. As home-based Wizz Air won the most-coveted team prize, main title sponsor Airbus went home triumphant as the ‘Fastest Aviation Enterprise’ once again, while also seeing its team leader Dionisio Olalla-Lopez, Sales Director, being the first to cross the line as ‘Fastest Aviator’ with a scorching time of 37:34.

Having raised a record €35,000 last year – with this year’s numbers yet to be confirmed – the fifth Budapest Airport Runway Run, co-organised with www.anna.aero, and sponsored by Airbus and Qatar Airways 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. “The support from all involved over the years of the run has been incredible,” explains Laura Howard Jones, Head of Corporate Partnerships, Anthony Nolan. “The money raised goes a long way in saving and improving the lives of people with blood cancer, and we can’t thank you enough,” added Jones.

Aer Lingus Budapest

Teams and individual runners included entries fielded from airline sponsor Qatar Airways, Air Transat, ASL Airlines, Etihad Airways, Turkish Airlines, Small Planet Airlines, Ryanair, Norwegian Air Shuttle, United Airlines, SWISS as well as returning past champions Aer Lingus. They vowed to return next year and win back the title from home-based Wizz Air.

Challenged by numerous airports, including those of Ljubljana, Malta, Vienna, Munich, Nuremburg, Belgrade, and even as far afield as Seattle-Tacoma, Poland’s Wroclaw Airport firmly held on to its title of ‘Fastest Airport’ for the third consecutive year, while main title sponsor Airbus held onto its position as ‘Fastest Aviation Enterprise’ and Heinemann Duty Free was ‘Fastest Concessionaire 2017.’

Budapest Airport Runway Run

Speaking after the run at race headquarters in the airport’s historic Terminal 1, Budapest Airport’s CEO, Jost Lammers (centre) effused: “Budapest Airport continues to be extremely proud to stage such a unique event in Europe, and one which successfully brings together the air transport community. Our annual sporting and fundraising event is a wonderful opportunity for us to support our benefitting charities, while those involved can also experience our superb airport and stunning city. Thank you to all who joined us.”

The fifth Budapest Airport Runway Run, co-organised with www.anna.aero, and sponsored by Airbus and Qatar Airways, took 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. This year also saw the first children’s race on the runway, with 87 young entrants running 1km of the runway supported by well-known sports enthusiast, SpongeBob SquarePants.

All participants in the race also receive the “Bron’s Medal,” named for Brontë “Bron” Hogan, the late-12 year-old daughter of Paul Hogan, the publisher of www.anna.aero, seen here making his own photo finish at this year’s race and with his unofficial ‘Fastest Media Team’. “I continue to be ever-grateful to Budapest Airport, Airbus, Qatar Airways and all 1,077 sportsmen and women from the airlines, airports and air transport community who stepped-up to take part on the day.”

Budapest Airport-anna.aero trophies were awarded to:

  • Fastest Airline Team: ‘The Fastest Airline in the World’: Wizz Air;
  • Fastest Airline CEO: József Váradi, Wizz Air;
  • Fastest Airport Team: ‘The Fastest Airport in the World’: Wroclaw Airport;
  • Media: ‘Fastest Media Team’: unofficially anna.aero;
  • Concessionaires: ‘Fastest Airport Concessionaire Team’: Heinemann Duty Free;
  • Enterprises: ‘Fastest Aviation Enterprises Team’: Airbus.


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