JetBlue offers $3.6B for Spirit Air, bumping Frontier offer

JetBlue Airways Corp. offered to buy budget carrier Spirit Airlines Inc. for $3.6 billion, potentially spoiling a competing bid by rival Frontier Group Holdings Inc. and reshaping the landscape for ultra-low-cost air travel.

Spirit said Tuesday it received an unsolicited proposal from JetBlue to buy outstanding shares for $33 apiece in cash. Spirit will work with financial and legal advisers to evaluate the offer, according to a statement.

The surprise development comes about two months after Frontier reached an agreement to buy Spirit for $2.9 billion. Frontier criticized the competing offer, saying such a combination would raise fares and reduce flight options. It also questioned JetBlue’s effort in light

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