1,100 runners conquer Budapest Airport’s runway run

Sponsored by Airbus, Qatar Airways, Mercedes Benz Hungary and KPMG the unique aviation charity run has raised more than €170,000 for charity over the last six years – this year’s number yet to be confirmed – as all entry fees are directly donated to Anthony Nolan and Hungary’s SUHANJ! Foundation.

Teams and individual runners included serious competitive airline entries fielded by defending champions Aer Lingus, previous titleholders SWISS and Wizz Air, as well as Qatar Airways, Emirates, LOT Polish Airlines, and American Airlines to name just a few. Joining spirited runners from airports across the globe, including Berlin, Birmingham, London Luton and Vienna, were numerous other aviation-related enterprises ranging from manufacturers, banks, ground handlers, foreign embassy representatives, and concessionaires.
This year’s competition saw new teams take to the podium as ASL Airlines claimed the title of ‘Fastest Airline in the World’, Berlin won ‘Fastest Airport in the World’ while SITA went home triumphant as the ‘Fastest Aviation Business Services Team’.
Donating 100% of entry fees to the chosen charities – Hungary’s SUHANJ! Foundation and Anthony Nolan – the unique race is generously supported and sponsored by Airbus, Qatar Airways, Mercedes Benz Hungary and KPMG as well as other important partners including SITA, Travelport, Z&Z, Heinemann Duty Free, SSP, Smarteq, Primavera and Budapest Festival and Tourism Center.
Jost Lammers, outgoing CEO, Budapest Airport said: “It’s been an absolute honour to be part of such a rare aviation and sporting event for the last seven years and witness a multitude of runners from our community come together in this unique way. We’re thrilled that so many of our partners aid us in supporting the benefitting charities while also experiencing this beautiful city and our first-class airport facilities.” Incoming CEO, Dr. Rolf Schnitzler claimed: “I have seen first-hand that the Runway Run has become a fantastic tradition and can say without doubt that we expect to build on the foundations laid so we will start preparing for Runway Run 2020 very soon!”

1,100 runners entered this year’s Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run – the annual air transport industry’s 10km charity race held on Runway 13R-31L of Budapest Airport, Saturday 31 August.

  • Budapest Airport is the best airport in the Region, as recognised by Skytrax in six consecutive years from 2014 to 2019, based on passenger ratings. Budapest Airport has become the lead airport in terms of passenger growth and together with its airline partners is a key contributor to the development of tourism in Hungary and Budapest.
  • Budapest Airport’s terminals are home to 44 airlines which transported 14.9 million passengers to 125 destinations in 45 countries in 2018 (13.5% growth rate in 2018 vs. 2017).
  • Budapest Airport in 2018 handled 146.113 tons of cargo (15.9% growth rate vs. 2017).
  • Monthly passenger traffic growth July 2019 has exceeded +6%.

 

Budapest Airport’s route development includes:

Already launched:

  • LOT Polish Airlines 12 times weekly to London City, 18 February 2019;
  • Lauda twice-weekly service to Stuttgart, 28 February 2019;
  • Wizz Air daily service to London Gatwick, 31 March 2019;
  • Ryanair twice-weekly to Cork, 4 April 2019;
  • Wizz Air four times weekly to Oslo, 5 April 2019;
  • Transavia France twice-weekly to Nantes, 7 April 2019;
  • Ryanair twice-weekly service to Cagliari, 1 May 2019;
  • Ryanair twice-weekly service to Seville, 2 May 2019;
  • Ryanair twice-weekly service to Bari, 3 May 2019;
  • Ryanair twice-weekly service to Rimini, 3 May 2019;
  • Ryanair twice-weekly service to Thessaloniki, 4 May 2019;
  • Shanghai Airlines three times weekly service to Shanghai Pudong, 3 June 2019;
  • Ryanair weekly service to Palma de Mallorca, 6 June 2019;
  • Wizz Air, twice-weekly service to Castellón, 16 June 2019.
  • Ryanair four times weekly service to Catania, 13 August 2019.

To launch:

  • LOT Polish Airlines 3 times weekly to Seoul, 22 September 2019;
  • Ryanair four times weekly service to Tel Aviv, 27 October 2019;
  • Ryanair twice-weekly service to Lappeenranta, 27 October 2019;
  • Ryanair twice-weekly service to Poznan, 28 October 2019;
  • Ryanair three times weekly service to Lisbon, 29 October 2019;
  • Ryanair twice-weekly service to Porto, 29 October 2019;
  • Ryanair twice-weekly service to Bordeaux, 29 October 2019;
  • Ryanair twice-weekly service to Gothenburg, 29 October 2019;
  • Ryanair three times weekly service to Luxembourg, 29 October 2019;
  • Ryanair twice-weekly service to Toulouse, 30 October 2019;
  • Wizz Air twice-weekly service to Kazan, 30 October 2019;
  • Wizz Air twice-weekly service to Odesa, 2 November 2019;
  • Jet2.com twice-weekly service to Birmingham, 8 November 2019;
  • Wizz Air three times weekly service to Edinburgh, 21 December 2019;
  • LOT Polish Airlines 12 times weekly to Brussels, 29 March 2020;
  • LOT Polish Airlines 12 times weekly to Bucharest, 29 March 2020;
  • LOT Polish Airlines 12 times weekly to Prague, 29 March 2020;
  • LOT Polish Airlines 12 times weekly to Stuttgart, 29 March 2020;
  • LOT Polish Airlines 7 times weekly to Sofia, 29 March 2020;
  • LOT Polish Airlines 7 times weekly to Belgrade, 29 March 2020;
  • American Airlines four times weekly service to Chicago O’Hare, May 2020.

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