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Warren Urges DOT to Block JetBlue’s $3.8 Billion Spirit Deal

  • Transportation agency can deem merger not in ‘public interest’
  • Finding by DOT would kill merger without litigation battle
Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren

Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg
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Senator Elizabeth Warren urged federal airline regulators to block JetBlue Airways Corp.’s proposed merger with Spirit Airlines Inc. by invoking a rarely used authority from the 1950s to argue that the $3.8 billion deal isn’t “consistent with the public interest.”

In a letter to Transportation Department Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, said the agency could use its authority over airline certification transfers to stop the merger.