Ryanair backs down over passengers' expenses

RYANAIR has backed down over a decision to limit the expenses paid to stranded passengers.

The Irish airline had said that expenses refunds would be limited to the sum travellers had paid for their tickets.

That would have meant the company failing to pay for food and accommodation, as required under European regulations.

The carrier says it will now pay all "reasonable expenses" to the passengers whose journeys were blighted by the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud.