Chile airports strike grounds tens of thousands

chileairport.jpgChile airports strike grounds tens of thousands

Airport workers staged a 24-hour strike Tuesday in Chile, grounding flights across the country and disrupting travel plans for an estimated 70,000 passengers.

"The situation at the airports is calm despite (the strike), which affects 100 percent of our airports, where departure operations have been cancelled," said the director general of the civil aviation authority, Maximiliano Larraechea.

He told journalists that airports would only handle arriving flights and emergency air traffic.

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