Spirit stockholders approve JetBlue merger
Why it matters: The merger, which comes on the heels of Spirit's failed merger with budget airline Frontier, will create the country's fifth-largest airline.
What they're saying: "This is an important step forward on our path to closing a combination that will create the most compelling national low-fare challenger to the dominant U.S. carriers," said Ted Christie, president and CEO of Spirit Airlines, in a statement.
Details: Spirit said the deal will close "no later than the first half of 2024."
- The new combined airline will have 458 aircraft in its fleet and will be based in Florida, according to a fact sheet on the merger.
- Spirit originally rejected a $3.6 billion bid from JetBlue last May, citing antitrust concerns.
- When Spirit was in talks for a deal with Frontier, JetBlue urged shareholders to vote against the Frontier deal.
The big picture: As Axios' Dan Primack noted, it's unclear if the country's antitrust regulators will allow this deal to go through.
- In 2021, the Justice Department sued JetBlue and American Airlines over a proposed merger, calling it an anticompetitive move. States also sued to block the deal.