Budapest runway run

The Race to Find the Fastest Airline in the World

Bud: Runway Run logo

Each year, runners from airlines, airports and enterprises Each year, runners from airlines, airports and enterprises across the aviation community are invited to take part in the transport industry’s premier charity-sportive event. Representing the maximum capacity allowed airside, 1,024 entrants lined up for the 10th Budapest Airport Runway Run on Saturday 3 September on the airport’s Runway13L/31R.

Budapest Airport and have confirmed that in 2018, Proceeds from race entries and sponsorships –this year’s main sponsors being Airbus, Lufthansa Systems, Lufthansa Technik, and Turkish Cargo –are shared by two charities –Hungary’s “Suhanj!”, which promotes inclusion in sport for people with disabilities, and Anthony Nolan.

A full airside capacity 1,024 entrants pack Runway 13L/31R for the 10thBudapest Airport Runway Run.(Photo credit: Budapest Airport/Gergely Zákány)

Comprising of two races – 10km and 5km – the run is open to all individuals and teams in the aviation community, followed by a superb barbecue on the terrace of Budapest Airport’s historic former Terminal 1 overlooking the re-opened runway.

At the 2022 event, trophies were awarded to:

  • Fastest Airline Team: ‘The Fastest Airline in the World’: Czech Airlines
  • Fastest Airport Team: ‘The Fastest Airport in the World’: Budapest Airport
  • Fastest On-airport Authority: National Tax and Customs Office
  • Concessionaires: ‘Fastest Airport Concessionaire Team’: SSP
  • Fastest Aviation Business Services Team: KPMG
  • 10k individual race prize: Wizz Air’s, Oleksandr Petrus, & KPMG’s Anna Votin
  • 5km individual race prize: Budapest Airport’s Balázs Csuka & Lufthansa Systems Gabriella Gelencsér

Budapest Airport CEO, Chris Dinsdale, said: “While I accept this prize on behalf of all the Budapest Airport runners today, in this 10th year this trophy truly goes to the whole team of Budapest Airport employees and shareholders who always put in such a supreme effort, much of it in their own time, in order to deliver what has consistently developed over a decade into the world’s best aviation-sporting-charity event.”

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, race organiser and long-time supporter of Anthony Nolan. “I continue to be ever-grateful to Budapest Airport, and all sportsmen and women from the airlines, airports and air transport community who stepped-up to take part on the day” says Paul.