* Sun D'Or doesn't meet requirements for certificate -CAA
* Ministry says Sun D'Or aircraft completely safe
(Adds transportation ministry comments)
By Ori Lewis
JERUSALEM, March 21 Israel's Civil Aviation
Authority (CAA) on Monday ordered charter airline Sun D'Or to
cease operations from April 1 because it failed to comply with
The CAA said the airline, a wholly owned subsidiary of flag
carrier El Al (ELAL.TA), relied on its parent company to
administer its operations which was unsatisfactory.
"Sun D'Or is currently operating without a full
administrative and operational framework as required of every
other airline and is relying fully on the infrastructure of
parent company El Al," the CAA statement said.
Israel's transportation ministry said Sun D'Or was operating
with an air operator certificate but that it did not meet the
requirements to hold one, as it could not demonstrate it had
control over its operations as required by law.
In answer to a query by Reuters, the ministry said Sun D'Or
was an "empty shell used by El Al for commercial reasons" but it
did not have its own pilots, cabin crew or training programme
and all its operations are run by El Al.
Sun D'Or, based at Ben Gurion International Airport, flies
mainly Israeli holidaymakers to destinations in Europe with its
three Boeing (BA.N) 757-200 aircraft, the airline's web site
The CAA said it told Sun D'Or over a year ago it failed to
meet aviation standards.
The airline had "endeavoured to repair the faults but the
CAA remained unconvinced," the CAA said.
The CAA said European aviation officials had also raised
concerns over the way Sun D'Or was being run.
The ministry added that the aircraft, which were maintained
by El Al, were "completely safe" and there have never been any
security or flight safety issues. It said the dispute was
The ministry said the airline would cease to operate as an
independent entity but El Al could use the brand name Sun D'Or
for commercial reasons in future.
El Al said it was trying to make alternative arrangements
for passengers booked on flights that are to be cancelled.
(Editing by David Holmes)