JetBlue CEO vows ‘no market domination ’with Spirit acquisition
In a subtle message aimed at federal regulators, JetBlue boss Robin Hayes says a combined JetBlue-Spirit business won’t be a dominant force.
“JetBlue and Spirit isn’t going to dominate in any market,” he said.
“Even in Fort Lauderdale with 50% share, there are still over 20 airports where you have an airline with more market share than that.”
Hayes said JetBlue would cut assets such as airport if required to gain regulatory approval.
JetBlue plans to acquire Spirit in a deal worth $3.8 billion.
The airline expects to save $700 million in yearly synergies after merging the businesses.
JetBlue’s quarterly operating revenue was up to $2.45 billion, which was short of analysts’ forecasts.
Loadings increased to 85.1% from 79.2% a year ago.
“I’m very pleased we found a path forward with Spirit, as we create a true, national low-fare challenger to the dominant ‘Big Four’ airlines, “Hayes added.