Airline halts all flights after big merger announcement — Analysis

Frontier Airways grounded all flights for over an hour, citing a “know-how subject”

Hours after asserting a $6.6 billion merger take care of fellow American low-cost service Spirit, Frontier Airways grounded all of its flights, citing unspecified “automation points.” Whereas the issue has reportedly been resolved, it has resulted in cancellations and delays.

“Floor cease for all Frontier flights for automation points. Airline request,” mentioned a discover from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Monday morning. The alert was lifted by 1pm EST.

Frontier confirmed that the bottom cease had been ordered on its request, and mentioned it had skilled “a know-how subject which led to some flight delays and cancellations.” Based on FlightAware, 21% of the airline’s scheduled flights have been canceled, whereas over 100 have been delayed.

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“The difficulty was recognized and has been resolved. We’re working to revive our flight schedule for the steadiness of the day,” Frontier mentioned in an announcement.

Mere hours earlier, Frontier had introduced a merger with competitor Spirit to create “America’s best ultra-low fare airline.” The cash-and-stock merger, valued at $6.6 billion, would give Frontier 51.5% management, with Spirit holding a 48.5% stake. If accredited by regulators, the merger would create the fifth-largest US airline.

Frontier was based in 1994 and is predicated in Denver, Colorado. Spirit is predicated within the Miami, Florida suburb of Miramar and has been round since 1992 beneath the present title.

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