Spirit Airlines Takeover

Follow our airline news for complete coverage and analysis of the competing efforts by Frontier Airlines and JetBlue Airways to buy Spirit Airlines.

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Frontier Airlines Prospects Rise With JetBlue-Spirit Deal

Frontier Airlines CEO Barry Biffle thinks his airline's outlook is better than ever after JetBlue Airways beat it in a bidding war for budget competitor Spirit Airlines. "Ninety-five percent of U.S. capacity will be 30 to 80 percent higher cost than us," Biffle said in an interview Thursday. One of his main focuses at Frontier…

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JetBlue and Spirit Airlines Set October Date for Merger Vote

JetBlue Airways may have won over the board and management of Spirit Airlines in its bidding war with competitor Frontier Airlines for the discounter. But JetBlue still needs to sway shareholders before the deal can move forward. Spirit has scheduled an October 19 shareholder meeting for a vote on JetBlue's $3.8 billion takeover offer. Investors…

Airline Weekly

Australia’s Qantas-Alliance Deal Concerns May Parallel JetBlue-Spirit Approvals

Regulators in Australia are skeptical of the country's largest airline, Qantas, plan to buy a regional competitor. Could the U.S. be next with JetBlue and Spirit?

Australia’s Qantas-Alliance Deal Concerns May Parallel JetBlue-Spirit Approvals

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JetBlue-Spirit’s Next Battle and Other Top Stories This Week

In Skift's top stories this week, JetBlue prepares for a fight in its bid to acquire Spirit, Graduate Hotels targets college football fans, and destinations see significant benefits in attracting digital nomads.

JetBlue-Spirit’s Next Battle and Other Top Stories This Week

Airline Weekly

Spirit Airlines Is Latest to Blame Its Slower Recovery on Air Traffic Control Staffing Issues

Spirit Airlines lost money in the June quarter for the obvious reasons, including fuel, but also because air traffic control staffing issues that its executives say are slowing the recovery.

Spirit Airlines Is Latest to Blame Its Slower Recovery on Air Traffic Control Staffing Issues

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JetBlue’s Next Challenge: U.S. Officials

Today’s edition of Skift’s daily podcast looks at JetBlue’s coming regulatory fight, Graduate Hotels’ sports play, and Inspirato’s earnings.

JetBlue’s Next Challenge: U.S. Officials

Airlines

The JetBlue-Spirit Airline Union: Let the Lawyering Begin

JetBlue has the takeover deal it wanted. But before getting control of its rival Spirit, Washington will need to give its green light. Here are the ways this could unfold.

The JetBlue-Spirit Airline Union: Let the Lawyering Begin

Airline Weekly

JetBlue Faces Problem With Rising Costs: How the Spirit Merger Won’t Help

JetBlue's cost problems shone brightly in the second quarter when, despite record revenues, the airline lost money. The airline's planned merger with Spirit is only likely to exacerbate the situation.

JetBlue Faces Problem With Rising Costs: How the Spirit Merger Won’t Help

Airlines

JetBlue to Buy Spirit Airlines for $3.8 Billion

It's taken JetBlue four attempts to buy Spirit. Now it's crossed the line in a deal that's worth $3.8 billion, as long as it doesn't raise any antitrust red flags in Washington, D.C.

JetBlue to Buy Spirit Airlines for $3.8 Billion

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Spirit Rejects Frontier and Continues JetBlue Talks

Today’s edition of Skift’s daily podcast looks at the latest in Spirit’s takeover, Colombia’s tourism revamp, and Wyndham’s revenue strategy.

Spirit Rejects Frontier and Continues JetBlue Talks