Rival bids for Spirit from Frontier and JetBlue could create an airline that presents a more formidable challenge to American, Delta, Southwest and United. By Niraj Chokshi and Lauren Hirsch.

When the dust settled on a big round of airline consolidation nearly a decade ago, four large companies came to dominate the industry. A new merger scramble could challenge that cozy arrangement.

A brewing fight over the future of budget carrier Spirit Airlines may give rise to a credible, albeit still smaller, competitor to the industry’s giants. In February, Frontier Airlines and . . .

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