From next season, Etihad Airways will become the main sponsor of Girona Futbol Club. This strategic alliance, which has been established for a period of three years, underscores Etihad’s deep commitment to the Spanish market and its dedication to enhancing connectivity and cultural exchange.

As main sponsor, Etihad Airways will feature prominently on Girona FC’s team kits from the coming season and within the club’s home ground. The partnership will also offer exciting new opportunities for fans, including unique promotions and special events, designed to celebrate this union of cultures and passions.

Etihad has grown its Spanish operation by nearly 50 per cent since last summer, as 2024 sees the airline operate 10 weekly flights to both Madrid and Barcelona. The airline will also be introducing seasonal flights to the country, including thrice-weekly routes to Málaga starting on 2 June.

“We are thrilled to partner with Girona FC, a club that resonates with our brand values and aspirations. This sponsorship is a testament to our dedication to the Spanish market and our aim to strengthen the bonds between the UAE and Spain,” said Arik De, chief revenue and commercial officer of Etihad Airways. “Etihad Airways looks forward to a successful partnership with Girona and to bringing our worlds closer together through the beautiful game.”

Delfí Geli, president of Girona FC, added: “We are incredibly proud to welcome Etihad Airways as our main sponsor. This partnership extends beyond the traditional, embracing a future where we can grow together in strength and spirit. Etihad’s global perspective and commitment to excellence reflect our own aspirations on and off the pitch.”

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The collaboration between Etihad Airways and Girona FC is a mutual commitment for both parties to foster community spirit and bring people together, enhancing the fan experience and providing more opportunities to engage with sport globally.

Under the new partnership, travellers from Abu Dhabi flying to Barcelona will have an even greater incentive to explore the charming region around Girona. Catalonia, with its picturesque landscapes, vibrant cities, and rich cultural heritage, offers a wealth of experiences. Visitors can enjoy exceptional cuisine and experience various cultural festivals, making it an ideal destination for both relaxation and adventure. Additionally, they can cheer for Girona FC at the Estadi Montilivi, adding an exciting sporting experience to their journey.