Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, participated in the Milano Marathon on 2 April 2023 to support Special Olympics Italia fundraising.

For the 21st running of the Milano Marathon, the airline formed two teams based in Milan to take part in the relay marathon. The race took place in the heart of the city, the fashion capital of Italy, and covered 42 kilometres.

Antonella Cataldi, Country Manager Etihad said: “Etihad Airways has been a supporter of the Milano Marathon since 2019, and we are delighted that our participation is funding the Special Olympics Italia. This is a special experience for us, particularly since Etihad was the official airline partner of the Special Olympics Games Abu Dhabi 2019, hosted for the first time in the Middle East.

Etihad carried more than 4,000 athletes and supported team members from more than 100 countries. We are very honoured and excited to be part of these great sports events whether in Italy or in our home Abu Dhabi.”

Special Olympics Italia is running a fundraising campaign, Run and Adopt a Champion, which aims to use the donations received to support the travel costs of Azzuri athletes at the Special Olympics World Games, scheduled from 17 to 25 June 2023 in Berlin.

Etihad Airways connects Italy with the UAE capital with daily flights from Milan and daily flights from Rome. The airline started flying to Milan in 2007 and to Rome in 2014.

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