Israeli insurance firm Phoenix is taking a near-20% shareholding in flag-carrier El Al’s loyalty programme.

Phoenix is exercising an option to acquire the 19.9% stake as part of a financing transaction sealed earlier this year.

Under the agreement it is able to purchase up to 25% of the loyalty scheme, El Al Matmid Frequent Flyer.

El Al says Phoenix’s acquisition of the stake will generate around $14 million for the airline’s reserves. The airline will retain 80.1% of the loyalty scheme’s share capital.

The carrier agreed earlier this year to sell the frequent-flyer programme in order to provide additional liquidity.

As part of the transaction it entered a $130 million loan agreement with Phoenix, which will run to mid-2028.

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Source: El Al