California and three other states have joined a federal lawsuit aimed at blocking JetBlue’s $3.8 billion purchase of Spirit Airlineswhose trial is scheduled for this fall.
New Jersey, Maryland and North Carolina also joined an updated version of the complaint, which was filed Friday in federal district court in Boston.
Biden administration He argues that the deal will reduce competition and raise prices for airline consumers by eliminating Spirit, which is known for its lower fares. JetBlue argues the deal will help consumers by making the New York-based carrier a stronger competitor against American, Delta, United and Southwest.
The original lawsuit was filed earlier in March by the US Department of Justice, Massachusetts, New York, and the District of Columbia v JetBlue Airways and soul. Attorney General Merrick Garland led a news conference to announce the lawsuit, a sign of the importance the Biden administration is placing on the case as part of its campaign against consolidation in many industries.
A federal judge has scheduled the trial to begin October 16 in Boston.