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DALLAS -- Southwest Airlines Co. has agreed to a $200,000 fine for running fare sales this year but not having enough seats or none at the advertised price.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Tuesday that Dallas-based Southwest engaged in deceptive practices and violated federal rules on airfare advertising.

Federal rules require airlines to set aside a reasonable number of seats on enough routes when they advertise a sale.

DOT invested sales advertised on Jan. 30 and Feb. 14.

Southwest says the Luv a Fare Sale was available on 786 routes covering 79 percent of the airline s network and sold out in fewer than 10 percent of them. The airline said the lack of Dallas-Branson sale seats was caused by technical glitches that have been fixed.

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