A general strike against planned new austerity measures is expected to cripple Greek transport systems today (Wednesday).

Angry workers aim to encircle the parliament building in Athens in an attempt to prevent MPs from taking part in a debate on further cuts. EasyJet warned passengers yesterday of possible disruption to flights although the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said Greek air traffic controllers will not be on strike.

However, all ports will be closed for 24 hours together with Greek railways and there will be no public transport to and from Athens airport. “Some road closures are likely in central Athens due to demonstrations outside parliament,” the FCO said, adding that many transport services will be affected.