Team England have signed a deal with Etihad Airways to transport their 650 athletes and officials to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast. Team England preparations begin in Brisbane with a holding camp from 19th March and the games themselves get underway on 4th April. There will be plenty of travel options for spectators with Etihad currently operating 33 connecting flights weekly to the Australian destinations of Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth from London, Manchester and Edinburgh.
Team England Chef de Mission Sarah Winckless said "Team England strives to facilitate the very best preparation for our athletes to deliver their best on the Gold Coast. It’s fantastic to know that with Etihad, Team England will be in best possible hands on our journey to Australia. Etihad is renowned the world over for the quality of its service so we can be sure that our Commonwealth Games will get off to the best possible start the second the athletes begin their journey."
James Harrison, General Manager for Etihad Airways in the UK, said: "Etihad Airways is proud to be the preferred airline for Team England. The UK market is very important to us. We operate to 13 Commonwealth countries and will have flown a record half a million Britons via Abu Dhabi and beyond in 2017. The Commonwealth Games will be hugely inspirational and we look forward to helping Team England achieve their dreams in 2018."