British Airways, Ryanair and easyJet are among airlines forced to cancel flights in the face of today’s 24-hour strike by Greek air traffic controllers.

Other services have been rescheduled with BA deploying larger aircraft tomorrow to carry passengers from cancelled flights during the strike period.

“We have proactively re-timed some services to avoid the strike period, but regrettably we have been forced to cancel some flights.” BA said.

Ryanair, which runs a network of domestic services in Greece, grounded 50 flights today and rescheduled 18 tomorrow. Flights affected today include those between Stansted and Athens, Crete and Thessaloniki.

EasyJet cancelled six flights and delayed the departure of six more, providing hotel accommodation for affected passengers.

“Like all airlines, easyJet’s flights to and from Greek airports will be affected and we apologise for any inconvenience caused despite this being beyond the airline’s control”, the carrier said.