Greek transport hit by latest austerity strike

Greek transport hit by latest austerity strike

Extensive travel disruption is expected across Greece today due to the latest general strike in protest against austerity measures in the country.

The 24-hour protest will affect air services and ferries.

A three-hour walkout by air traffic controllers will disrupt flights around the country, with controllers leaving their posts from 10:00 local time.

easyJet has been forced to re-schedule 30 flights.

In a statement the airline said: “The industrial action is also likely to affect public transport around Greece so we strongly recommend that customers allow extra time getting to and from airports.”

Trade unions called workers out this morning for the first time since the conservative-led coalition government came to power.

Protesters are angry at new planned spending cuts of more than £9 billion.

Also in Europe, the Foreign Office is warning visitors to Spain to steer clear of any demonstrations after yesterday’s protests in Madrid turned violent.

Further demonstrations are planned for this evening at 18:00.