Today’s 24-hour general strike in Greece, the first since the conservative-led coalition government was formed, is to disrupt flights to the country and have a knock-on effect on travel to other parts of Europe.
Air traffic controllers will walk out between 10:00 and 13:00hrs to join the general strike, with large demonstrations planned against the announcement of spending cuts of more than £9bn.
Easyjet has rescheduled dozens of flights, including services from the UK to Athens, the Greek islands and to Tenerife and Gibraltar.
The airline has also warned passengers that it is not just flights which are disrupted, but also public transport within Greece which may cause passengers delays in getting to the airport. It suggests passengers allow plenty of time to get to and from airports in the country. It said: “Although outside our control, Easyjet would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.”
In other news, the Foreign Office has issued a warning to visitors to Spain to avoid any demonstrations after protests in Madrid turned violent yesterday. More demonstrations are planned in Madrid at 18:00hrs, these are expected to take place in the heart of the city’s shopping district, the Plaza de España.