WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Cost is a factor for customers when choosing an airline.
But it's not the only factor.
Just ask Reese Hart, who was flying back to Connecticut from Palm Beach International Airport on Tuesday after attending the Okeechobee Music Festival.
Hart's considerations when picking a flight include leg room and space.
He chose JetBlue for the flight to Florida.
"Me, personally, flying out of JetBlue, service was phenomenal," he told WPTV.
He's also "expecting the same level of service on the way back," he said.
"By merging JetBlue and Spirit, what the Department of Justice believes will happen is that there will be less choices for consumers," attorney David Weinstein said. "As a result, JetBlue will control that marketplace for those particular routes and prices for consumers will go up rather than going down."
The former state and federal prosecutor said the role of the DOJ's antitrust division is to ensure there are competitive marketplaces – especially at a time when airline fares are 25% higher than one year ago.
JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes and Spirit CEO Ted Christie released separate statements about the lawsuit, with Hayes saying the DOJ "has got it wrong" and "misses the point that the merger will create a national low-fare, high-quality competitor."
Some travelers are already open to the possibilities.
"For me, it's just finding the best flight," Amy Sulger told WPTV at PBIA. "Yes, prices come into play, but I'm really looking at what's going to be the best flight to get me where I need to be as quickly as possible."