A JetBlue passenger plane in front of a Spirit Airlines plane in taxiway at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport on Monday, April 25, 2022 (Joe Cavaretta/Sun Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
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JetBlue, which earlier offered $33 a share, is fighting a Spirit acquisition battle with it Frontier Holdings Group He argued that the deal would help it better compete with the “Big Four” US airlines that control nearly 80% of the passenger market.
In a letter to Spirit shareholders on Monday, JetBlue offered $30 per share and said it was prepared to “negotiate in good faith a consensual transaction at a price of $33, subject to due diligence.”
Spirit rejected the earlier offer, saying the prospect of it winning regulatory approval was slim.
JetBlue said Monday that it filed a “Vote No” proxy statement urging Spirit shareholders to vote against the planned merger with Frontier, which offered $21.66 in cash and stock per share of the discount company.
Spirit shares are up more than 19% to $20.28 in pre-market trading.
Front and Spirit did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.
Spirit is scheduled to hold a shareholder meeting on June 10 to vote on its proposed merger with Frontier.
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