This year, Budapest Airport was awarded the Skytrax title for "Best Airport in the region" for the fourth time in a row, which is the first time in the history of the awards that an Eastern European airport has kept its top position for four consecutive years. Budapest Airport, Hungary, is a leading international air cargo hub servicing 45 airlines, with a throughput of 112,143 tonnes of cargo in 2016, up 22.7 percent year-on-year due to this they are transforming its cargo facilities as part of its EUR160 million BUD:2020 Development Programme, is backing two freight summits in the Hungarian capital this September. Planning and design has started on a dedicated freight center called Cargo City that will handle freighters operated by carriers including Cargolux, Turkish Cargo, and Qatar Airways Cargo, as well as belly cargo from its other airlines. Central Europe’s leading cargo hub is sponsoring the Cool Chain Association Pharma and BioSciences Conference and the Air Cargo Handling Conference, in Budapest on 18th-19th September and 19th-21st September 2017 respectively. Budapest Airport has recently opened two new state-of-the-art integrator buildings, and has started work on a dedicated freight centre called Cargo City, due to be completed in 2019. “Budapest Airport is committed to providing high quality services to customers wanting to connect with the growing Central European marketplace,” said René Droese, Property and Cargo Director, Budapest Airport. “Working with these two important summits is a natural partnership as we continue to support the several companies boosting their business in the region and looking to connect to China.” Budapest Airport is the Host and the Dinner Sponsor for the Air Cargo Handling Conference. Droese will participate in a panel discussion on “Creating the Ideal Cargo Hub” at the Air Cargo Handling Conference on Thursday, 21st September 2017. Budapest Airport recently participated in an economic forum in Shanghai, China, and has reached a cooperation agreement with Ningbo Lishe International Airport, Ningbo, China to enhance trade and commerce between the two regions.