Air traffic controllers are to join a 48-hour strike by workers across Greece from today.

The latest in a string of walk-outs over austerity cuts in the country starts this morning and includes public transport workers, lawyers, taxi drivers, journalists and hospital workers in addition to ATC staff.

Some transport and media workers downed tools yesterday as well, according to local reports.

The strike runs until midnight on Wednesday although airlines are hoping to avoid major flight disruption.

British Airways said: “This will affect ground transportation between the airport and the city centre. Trains, buses and taxis won’t be running over the strike period, but regional buses and private cars will be available.

“All flights will be operating as normal, so please allow plenty of time to travel to the airport.”

EasyJet said: “Although we anticipate minimal disruption to our arrivals and departures to and from Greece we advise all passengers departing any Greek airport to leave plenty of time for your trip to the airport and check the status your flight.”