Abu Dhabi International Airport announced the launch today of two new Alitalia routes to the UAE’s capital city. The national airline of Italy, 49% owned by the UAE’s national airline Etihad Airways, has inaugurated flights between Abu Dhabi and the Northern Italian cities of both Milan and Venice . Both flights arrived at Abu Dhabi International Airport this morning and were greeted by the traditional water cannon salute.

The new services complement Alitalia’s existing Abu Dhabi to Rome route as well as Etihad Airways’ popular flights to both Rome and Milan.