Germany's pilots' union criticized a decision by Air Berlin and Lufthansa to resume flights to Israel, ending a ban imposed in response to fears that rockets fired from the Gaza Strip may hit aircraft.

Lufthansa and Air Berlin said they will resume flights to Israel's Ben Gurion Airport on Saturday.

Joerg Handwerg, a board member at German pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit said the decision seemed driven by political and economic factors rather than by security reasons

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