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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the official opening ceremony of the new Ramon International Airport, named in memory of Ilan and Asaf Ramon, near the southern Israeli city of Eilat, on Jan. 21, 2019.

Sun D’Or International Airlines – a subsidiary of Israel’s national carrier, El Al Airlines – is set to stop flying its routes on Friday nights and Saturdays, according to a report by the Globes business news site.

The airline, which provides charter flights for travel wholesalers, will no longer offer train packages that include flights on Saturdays or holidays, Globes reported.

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The airline flies between Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Ramon International Airport in Eilat, and various destinations in the Middle East, among other places.

Wholesale tourist agencies have been told that a change of policy towards observance of the Jewish Sabbath has come into effect.

The change dates back to the acquisition of the airline in September 2020 by Eli Rozenberg, an Orthodox Jewish immigrant from New York.

It is also possible that Israir may soon follow suit, as that airline is about to be formally acquired by BGI Investments, which is controlled by supermarket mogul Rami Levy and Shalom Haim, who do not operate the business on the Sabbath.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.