Runway runs are popular community events at smaller airports in the U.S., but are hard to stage in Europe, where runway capacity is seriously constrained at major airports.
In a rare move, Budapest Airport closed one of its normally active runways for a few hours on Sept. 6 to stage the aviation industry's annual 12 kilometer (7.2-mile) charity race.
Teams of runners totaling 609 airline employees and management staff from more than 50 airlines competed for the title of Fastest Airline in the World.
Racing down four lengths of runway 13R-13L to take the title not only of fastest airport but also fastest aviator was Aer Lingus fleet cost manager Robert Murphy, in a time of 41 minutes, 26 seconds.
Aer Lingus CEO Christoph Mueller said that the carrier was now not only one of Europe's most punctual airlines "but also now the undisputed Fastest Airline in the World."
Teams and individual runners included competitive entries fielded by Swiss International Airlines, Qatar Airways and Ryanair.
Southwest Airlines was presented with the unofficial Air Miles Team Prize for having traveled the longest distance, from Dallas.
Krakow Airport in Poland won Fastest Airport in the World, beating out Aeroports de Paris.— Gay Nagle Myers