Federal Judge Blocks JetBlue, Spirit Airlines Merger Following DOJ Lawsuit

After several months of ambiguity, a federal magistrate in Massachusetts has rejected the $3.8 billion merger proposal between Spirit Airlines and JetBlue.

In March 2023, U.S. Justice Department Secretary Joe Biden sued JetBlue to stop its acquisition of ultra-low-cost carrier Spirit, arguing that it would decrease competition and raise travel prices.

Following the verdict, JetBlue and Spirit CEOs stated their merger has the best chance to offer low rates and excellent service to more consumers in more markets, creating competition and diversity.

JetBlue and Spirit CEOs said after the ruling that their combination has the best chance to create competition and diversity for more consumers in more markets by offering low rates and exceptional service.

Following United States, Delta, Southwest, and JetBlue, a JetBlue-Spirit merger would establish the fifth-largest airline in the country.

After Tuesday's decision, JetBlue's president and COO Joanna Geraghty—the first woman to lead a U.S. carrier—will take over as CEO Robin Hayes steps down on February 12.

On Tuesday, airport workers from twelve sites gathered with fifteen senators in Washington, D.C., to discuss their experiences and demand that the FAA reauthorization measure provide good jobs for blue-collar airport workers.

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