Court sets June date for expedited JetBlue-Spirit merger rejection appeal

A U.S. Court of Appeals set a June date to hear an appeal from JetBlue and Spirit Airlines after the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts blocked the two airlines’ merger last month.

“We contemplate argument during the court’s June sitting,” the Boston-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit’s order reads. “Extensions will be strongly disfavored.”

In Friday’s ruling, the appellate court ordered the airlines to file their pre-hearing briefs by Feb. 26, while the plaintiff’s response is due April 11, and the airlines’ reply is due April 25.

JetBlue and Spirit Airlines requested an expedited hearing on the case blocking their proposed merger so that a decision can be ruled on before the deadline in July provided by their merger agreement. Spirit is a small airline compared to JetBlue, the nation’s sixth-largest airline by revenue,
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