December 21, 2015 / 9:39 PM / 2 years ago

U.S. says Southwest Airlines to pay $2.8 million to settle safety allegations

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Southwest Airlines planes are seen at LAX airport in Los Angeles, California, United States, October 22, 2015. Wall Street opened higher on Thursday, and Southwest Airlines rose 5.9 percent to $43.47 after the company reported strong results.Lucy Nicholson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co (LUV.N) has agreed to pay $2.8 million to settle a lawsuit involving allegations that it violated U.S. Federal Aviation Administration safety regulations, the Justice Department said on Monday.

The settlement requires operational changes by Southwest designed to enhance its oversight of third parties that perform maintenance on Southwest aircraft, the Justice Department said in a statement.

In addition to the $2.8 million civil penalty, Southwest has agreed to pay up to $5.5 million in deferred civil penalties if it does not implement the settlement agreement, the statement said.

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Eric Walsh

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