Ryanair has been told to correct its compensation policy for passengers by Friday afternoon after thousands of its flights were cancelled. The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority says the airline must stop misleading passengers about the option to be re-routed with another airline. The regulator has ordered the budget airline to say publicly how it will re-route passengers who require it. Ryanair must also say how it will reimburse their out-of-pocket expenses. In addition, the airline must promise to help any of the passengers whose flights have been cancelled in the past two weeks, but who may have chosen an unsuitable option as a result of being misled by Ryanair, the regulator said. The demands – which must be completed by 17:00 BST on Friday – cover passengers who were due to fly to and from the UK. The CAA said if the airline did not meet the deadline, it would carry on with the “enforcement action” launched on Wednesday, which could ultimately see the airline taken to court, with the possibility of an unlimited fine. The airline recently cancelled flights affecting more than 700,000 passengers, from now until next March, in two separate tranches, because it had bungled the reorganisation of its pilots’ leave arrangements.