Flights to and from Italy face disruption today (Tuesday) due to a 24-hour national air transport strike.

Around half of Alitalia flights to and from the country have reportedly been cancelled, with knock-on effects likely to be felt tomorrow as well.

EasyJet and British Airways warned passengers that they expect an impact on operations along with other airlines.

“We recommend to all customers departing from an Italian airport on Tuesday 21 May allow extra time to pass through airport security as queues may be longer than usual and for every passenger flying to or from Italy to check the status of their flight on our flight tracker either on our mobile app or website, the UK budget carrier said.

The airline was doing “everything possible to minimise any disruption as a result of this industrial action”.

BA said: “Like other airlines, we could be impacted by industrial action taking place throughout Italy on Tuesday, which is resulting in a small number of flight delays and cancellations beyond our control.

“We are monitoring the situation closely, and encourage all customers to provide contact details in their booking so that we can keep them up to date with the latest information regarding their flight.”