July 31, 2013 - The U.S. Department of
Transportation fined Southwest Airlines $200,000
for violating the Department’s full fare
advertising rules and ordered the carrier to
cease and desist from further violations.
DOT’s Aviation Enforcement Office found that
Southwest advertised one-way, nonstop fares “for
$100 or less” for travel on Feb. 14, 2013, but
failed to include a reasonable number of seats
available in a significant number of city-pair
markets in the fare sale.
In addition, on Jan. 30, 2013, Southwest
advertised $66 one way fares from Dallas Love
Field to Branson, Mo., between March 1, 2013,
and March 21, 2013.
However, there were no seats available at
the sale fare on any day during the sale period.