Flybe Calls for Law Change

Following the volcanic ash cloud crisis Exeter-based Flybe is demanding a change in the law so in future it won't have to pay-out as much compensation to passengers left stranded abroad.

EU legislation means airlines have to pay for extra accommodation, food and travel but trains and ferries don't have the same rules.

Spokesman for the airline Niall Duffy thinks it is unfair: "we are being expected not only to compensate but also to look after people in hotels and with food - that's got to be wrong."

He continued: "[the legislation] doesn't contain an 'Act of God' clause - can you imagine any insurance company ever agreeing to something like that?"