- The Justice Department on Tuesday sued to block JetBlue Airways’ $3.8 billion proposed takeover of budget carrier Spirit Airlines
- Spirit agreed to sell itself to JetBlue Airways last summer.
- President Biden’s Justice Department has vowed a hard line against consolidation.
A JetBlue-Spirit combination would be the first major U.S. airline merger since Alaska Airlines’ takeover of Virgin America in 2016. The Justice Department at the time required Alaska to scale back its code share with American Airlines to clear the deal.
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