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The Israel Civil Aviation Authority canceled the operating license of El Al Airlines unit Sun D’Or on Sunday.
The El Al subsidiary was founded in 1977 and has served as a carrier to several European destinations as well as for flights on Shabbat, sometimes in El Al planes.
The cancellation of the license followed complaints from the European
authorities that Sun D’Or was in practice not an independent company and
makes use of El Al planes and crews.
According to Israel's Ministry of Transport, the license will be revoked
from April 1 after El Al was given a hearing on the matter last
Thursday. It is still not known how El Al will act regarding customers
who hold Sun D’Or tickets for after April 1.
A senior industry source told Globes, “El Al will be forced to choose
between two difficult options – coming out of the closet regarding
Shabbat flights and starting to openly fly on Shabbat, or being forced
to give up a significant market share and income and grounding its
planes over the weekend.”