Feb 7 (Reuters) – Spirit Airlines Inc said on Tuesday it expects U.S.antitrust regulators to decide whether to allow the low-cost carrier to proceed with its $3. If you cherished this write-up and you would like to get extra info concerning EvdEN eve nAKliYaT kindly check out our own web-site. 8 billion merger with JetBlue Airways Corp in the “next 30 days or so.”
“We are now waiting to see whether the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed suit to block the deal or allows us to proceed,” Spirit CEO Edward Christie said during an investor EVdEn EVe NakliyAt call.
The DOJ did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
JetBlue prevailed in a months-long bidding war for Spirit Airlines after the ultra-low-cost carrier accepted its deal.
The merger is expected to face regulatory hurdles with the combination creating the fifth-largest U.S.airline at a time when high energy prices, a tight labor market and swelling demand for travel have sent airfares soaring.
Concerns about approval for the combined airline was amplified after the DOJ filed a lawsuit last year asking a judge to break up JetBlue’s “Northeast Alliance” partnership with American Airlines, arguing it would lead to higher fares for consumers.
Spirit had cited the Justice Department lawsuit as a reason to fear regulators blocking its sale to JetBlue when it was trying to persuade Spirit shareholders to back the deal with Frontier Airlines Holding Inc instead.
Spirit’s shares were up 1.3% at $19.9 in morning trade after the carrier posted better-than-expected quarterly results on Monday.(Reporting by Kannaki Deka in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber)