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DOJ sues JetBlue to maintain airline competition and drive down ticket prices



North Dakota – North Dakota continues to have high airline ticket costs.

That is how it has always been. In spite of low-cost airlines operating in our state, prices have not decreased. Will they ever, then?

Because of this, the Department of Justice is currently trying to stop JetBlue’s acquisition of Spirit.

The Department of Transportation asserts that the merger will result in even less competition among low-cost airlines and raise the cost of airplane tickets nationwide, especially in locations where Jet Blue and Spirit do not operate, such as North Dakota.

Sun Country, Allegiant, and Frontier are a few of the low-cost options available in North Dakota, but the DOJ thinks they will be negatively impacted in our state if the merger goes forward.

Attorney General Merrick Garland says, “JetBlue’s elimination of Spirit as an independent company increases the risk that the remaining airlines, including JetBlue, would coordinate to raise prices or reduce capacities on particular routes where Spirit currently operates.”

Spirit will be purchased by JetBlue for $3.8 billion. In the near future, Jet Blue plans to reply to the case.