Wizz Air crowned ’Fastest Airline in the World’ at Budapest Airport Runway Run 9.0

Saturday 18 September 2021: almost 700 runners took part in the ninth Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run, partnered with Lufthansa Technik and numerous supportive sponsors. The Runway Run is an invitational race, made up of representatives from the aviation industry, authorities, airlines and other major international companies, as well as prominent athletes.

Budapest Airport Runway 13R-31L, Saturday 18 September 2021

Close to 700 runners lined up on the start line for the ninth Budapest Airport-anna.aero Runway Run – the air transport industry’s annual charity run which, through hard work and determination, continues to raise donations for the deserving causes the run has supported since 2013.

Generating more than €200,000 since its beginning, the run’s objectives remain the same – to provide opportunities for people living with injuries and disabilities and assist in finding treatment for patients suffering from leukaemia. Thanks to partner Lufthansa Technik, main sponsors Turkish Cargo, KPMG, SITA and Z&Z, and supporting sponsors Heinemann, Nurti8, Primavera and Smarteq, the Hungarian gateway has once again been able to realise its goal.

The Runway Run is an invitational race, the field being made up of representatives from the aviation industry, authorities, airlines, and other major international companies, as well as prominent athletes. Closing what is normally an active runway, Budapest remains the only airport in Europe to be able to stage such an event in broad daylight and allow runners to take part in this rare experience.

A fully inclusive event, the run saw participants from benefitting charity, The SUHANJ! Foundation, take to the runway alongside able competitors, all in the name of good causes.

There are always many prizes to be won: fastest male and female runners, fastest visually impaired, pushchair and handbike, and for every business partner taking part with this year’s top prizes going to:

  • Fastest Airline: Wizz Air
  • Fastest Authority: National Tax and Customs
  • Fastest Aviation Business Service partner: Aeroplex
  • Fastest Airport concessionaire: Gebr. Heinemann Duty Free

Chris Dinsdale, CEO, Budapest Airport; József Váradi, CEO, Wizz Air; and Kam Jandu, Management Executive, Munich Airport International come together for the air transport charity-sportive event which continues to draw in running enthusiasts wanting to be part of this unique experience.

Speaking at the prize-giving on the concourse of the airport’s historic Terminal 1, Budapest Airport CEO Chris Dinsdale said: “Today was another great event, one we are honoured to host while helping others improve their lives. We’re proud of all our competitors who took part, helping to promote our airport during our regrowth, and this fantastic city, while allowing us to donate 100% of entrance fees to the benefitting charities. This event continues to be a winning formula for all.”

Age doesn’t matter: Budapest Airport gives children the opportunity to run 1.5k down the runway and be part of the event.

This is why we do it…

Remember our story last week, reminding you of the reasons why we do the Runway Run:


It’s with great joy we can tell you that a match has been found. Esha still has a long tough road ahead but it’s thanks to events like ours that allow her to be on this journey.


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