Flights to and from Italy face disruption today (Friday) due to a national air transport strike.

Workers as due to walk out for four hours from midday local time.

EasyJet said it planned to operate its full flying schedule.

However, the budget airline said: “We do recommend that all customers flying to or from Italy on Friday 3 May allow extra time to get to the airport and check the status of their flight on easyjet.com Flight Tracker for live updates.

“Although this is outside of our control we would like to apologise to customers for any inconvenience and would like to assure them that we are doing all possible to minimise any disruption as a result of the industrial action.”

Meanwhile, French air traffic controllers have threatened a strike on May 9 as part of wider industrial action by public sector workers.

The news came as easyJet revealed plans for a new Manchester to Jersey service starting on July 1.

Flights will run twice a week with fares starting at £31.21.

The UK budget carrier also expects to carry 20% more passengers from Southend airport this summer, with numbers up to more than 830,000.

Four easyJet aircraft are now based at the Essex airport following the introduction of new routes to Prague, Bordeaux, Dubrovnik and Pula.

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