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JetBlue and Spirit abandon their $3.8 billion merger

A JetBlue and Spirit Airways plane at a Florida airport
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JetBlue and Spirit Airlines are throwing out their $3.8 billion merger agreement. Both airlines agreed to terminate the deal, citing “legal and regulatory approvals” that “were unlikely to be met” by the merger’s July 2024 deadline.

A federal court blocked the deal in January over concerns that the merger would stifle competition in the airline industry. JetBlue and Spirit filed an appeal shortly after, and a court was set to hear the appeal in June. Now that the deal is off, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland calls the decision a “victory for the Justice Department’s work on behalf of American consumers,” adding that the merger would’ve caused “higher fares and fewer choices.”

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