All flights to and from Greece stopped at midnight as a general strike took hold against the government’s harsh austerity measures.
The walkout is set to hit both rail and ferry transport and effectively shut down the country’s public sector.
Huge numbers of workers are expected to turn out as private sector workers join in the walkout.
It follows yesterday’s clashes between police and about 4,000 demonstrators in central Athens.
Despite securing a multi billion euro rescue package from the EU and IMF, Greek bank stocks fell as concern grows over whether the government can deliver on its pledge to enforce swingeing budget cuts.
Already the price of petrol has gone up due to the latest hike in tax, it is the second fuel rise to hit consumers in the last few months.
The cutbacks, which include pay and pensions, are a precondition for the bailout package which is Greece’s only hope of paying off an eight billion euro debt which matures on May 19.