CEO leads Aer Lingus to reclaim “Fastest Airline In The World” in Budapest Runway Run, sponsored by Airbus and Qatar Airways

Watch out SWISS, they’re coming back! Fitter, stronger and in bigger numbers, Aer Lingus is out to reclaim the title of “Fastest Airline in the World,” led by CEO, Stephen Kavanagh. Taking place on the airport’s 13R-31L on Saturday 3 September 2016, the Budapest Runway Run is the air transport industry’s premier charity-sportive event.

“You have a whole bunch of Aer Lingus runners and my expectation is that you’ll have even more – and you can count me in.”  This is fighting talk from, Stephen Kavanagh, Aer Lingus CEO, who hopes the record number of entrants from the Irish carrier will lead it to reclaim the crown of “Fastest Airline in the World.”  Aer Lingus proudly raised the team trophy in 2014, but having been knocked off the podium last year by SWISS, Kavanagh has vowed to return stronger and faster.

This year’s BUD Runway Run will take place at 11:00 on Saturday 3 September 2016 on Budapest Airport’s runway 13R-31L. Entering an Aer Lingus team of 15, with a CEO’s promise that there are yet more runners to enlist, the IAG airline will be joining the increasing number of airlines, airports and enterprises from across the aviation community registering to be part of this year’s event which is sponsored by Airbus and Qatar Airways, raising the prospect that competitors will exceed the 1,000 mark this year (920 runners competed in 2015).

If you love the idea of running down the runway in the awesomely beautiful city of Budapest then register your interest:

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Runners from airlines, airports and enterprises across the aviation community will once again compete for a series of Airport “Golden Cake Trophies” including the key team prize of the “The Fastest Airline in the World.” Every finisher also receives “The Bron’s Medal” named for Brontë “Bron” Hogan, the publisher’s 12-year-old daughter, who passed away in 2011 after a five-year battle with leukaemia.

The Aer Lingus CEO’s runners are (so far):

Stephen Kavanagh, CEO;

Shane Fitzpatrick, Flight Steward;

Melanie Kialka, Senior Cabin Crew;

Lisa Jane Dorman, Senior Cabin Crew;

Mutsumi Saga-Walsh, Corporate Safety & Risk Officer;

Nadezda Martinova, Senior Cabin Crew;

Karen Morris, Cabin Crew;

Neil Murphy, First Officer;

Alan Moen, IT;

Carmel Coyne, Cabin Crew;

Benjamin Dowler, Pilot;

Claire Cronin, First Officer;

Amy Cunningham, First Officer;

Sandra Coleborn, Crew Controller;

Julie Marouze, Cabin Crew.

The Airport “Golden Cake Trophies” are awarded for:

  • Fastest male/female
  • Fastest Airline Team: “The Fastest Airline in the World”
  • Fastest Airline CEO: male/female
  • Fastest Airport CEO: male/female
  • Fastest Airport Team: “The Fastest Airport in the World”
  • Concessionaires: “Fastest Airport Concessionaire Team”
  • Enterprises: “Fastest Aviation Enterprises Team”
  • Military: “Fastest Military Aviator Prize”
  • Media: “Fastest Media Prize” – NEW CATEGORY
  • Finisher’s Medal: The Bron’s Medal (plus souvenir technical shirt, and gift bag for every entrant)

Click here to sign up for the Budapest Runway Run

It’s just €50, and it’s all for charity

It costs just €50 to enter the Budapest Runway Run – still one of the lowest price races to enter anywhere in the world. Every finisher receives a medal (described by Stephen Kavanagh as “a medal to treasure”) and the race is followed by a superb barbecue on the terrace of Budapest Airport’s historic former Terminal 1 overlooking the re-opened runway. All entry fees are entirely donated to international child cancer causes (including the bone marrow transplant charity Anthony Nolan) and a Hungarian charity assisting with the inclusion of handicapped people in sports.

Click here to sign up for the Budapest Runway Run


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