Two of the largest budget airlines in the country will become one. The parent company of budget airline Frontier Airlines has announced they will purchase Spirit Airlines in a $2.9 billion deal.

In our area, Frontier Airlines currently offers service out of Trenton-Mercer Airport and Philadelphia International. While Spirit Airlines flies in and out of both Atlantic City International Airport in New Jersey and Philadelphia International Airport in Pennsylvania.

The merger means that Frontier will control 51.5% of the airline, and Spirit's investors will hold the remaining 48.5%, CNBC reported.

It's not clear what the name of the combined carrier will be. It's not clear which CEO will lead the combined company.

The new airline will be the fifth largest airline in the country. An exact timeline for the merger was not immediately clear.

What Does This Mean For New Jersey's Airports?

This will have huge effects on the budget airline industry in New Jersey.

Frontier Airlines is the only commercial carrier that flies out of Trenton Mercer Airport. They offer flights to Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Meyers, Orlando, Raleigh, Tampa, and West Palm Beach.

In Atlantic City, Spirit has been the airport's mainstay for commercial flights. Primarily servicing flights to Florida.

What (if any) effects the changes will have on these two airports remains to be seen, but it's likely that we'll see some changes as the airlines combine resources.

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