The apex court bench of Justice D.K. Jain and Justice Madan B. Lokur said: "We regret to note that having issued the directions in exercise of its powers and being satisfied that provisions do not allow the transaction fee to be charged as a part of airfare, the DGCA is hesitant to enforce its own directions."
"We are of the view that Dec 12, 2012, order (of the DGCA) is still in vogue and the transaction fee can't be charged by the airlines," the judges said.
AS regards other charge, the court said that in light of explanation furnished by the Federation of Indian Airlines that the matter was being adjudicated by the AERA, we refrain from commenting on it.
The court's order came on a petition by T.G.N. Nair pointing to the transaction fee being charged by the airlines.