The 11th French strike in three months is set to cause flight delays and cancellations on Tuesday.

The 24 hour general strike, including air traffic controllers, started last night causing airlines to reschedule services.

Ryanair was forced to cancel more than 140 flights and warned that further delays and cancellations were likely.

EasyJet, which yesterday issued a profits warning due to disruption caused by continuing industrial action across Europe, advised passengers to expect to delays and cancellations today.

“As 65% of easyJet’s flights fly over France, this will have an impact on our flights to and from French airports, as well as those flying over French airspace. Just like other airlines we are subject to French air traffic regulations, we therefore expect delays and cancellations,” the budget carrier said.

“We are doing everything possible to minimise the impact of the strike on our customers, and have taken the decision to proactively cancel a number of flights, allowing customers to re-organise their journeys.

“As this is the 11th French strike in three months we understand that it can be a very frustrating situation for all customers travelling at this time of year.”

British Airways said: “Unfortunately we will have to cancel some flights as a result of the strike action and other short-haul flights may also experience some disruption, given how many flights would normally use French airspace each day.

“We will be using larger aircraft including some long haul aircraft, where possible, to help affected customers and are doing all we can to reduce the levels of disruption.”

Air France told travellers to expect delays and last-minute cancellations.