Spirit delays shareholder vote day before meeting to continue deal talks with Frontier, JetBlue
Spirit Airlines on Wednesday delayed shareholder vote on its proposed merger with Frontier Airlines until July 8, hours before a meeting scheduled for Thursday so it can further discuss options with Frontier and rival suitor JetBlue Airways.
It is the second time Spirit has delayed a vote on its planned combination with Frontier and extends the most contentious bidding war of a U.S. airline in years.
Spirit originally scheduled Thursday’s vote for June 10 but had delayed that for the same reasons.
Both Frontier and JetBlue have upped their offers in the week before the scheduled vote approached.
Frontier and Spirit first announced their intent to merge in February. In April, JetBlue launched an all-cash, surprise bid for Spirit, but Spirit’s board has repeatedly rejected JetBlue’s offers, arguing a JetBlue takeover wouldn’t pass muster with regulators.
JetBlue has fired back at Spirit saying it did not negotiate in good faith, setting off a war of words between the airlines as they competed for shareholder support ahead of the vote.
Frontier and JetBlue didn’t immediately comment about the postponed vote.