Strike halts Belgian air traffic
Belgian air traffic controllers went on strike Tuesday, grounding all aviation over Brussels, the country's national air security organisation Belgocontrol said.
The walkout, which began at 2:00pm (1200 GMT) and was planned for 24 hours, closed the international airport at Brussels -- the European Union capital where some 100,000 anti-austerity protesters were expected from around the continent on Wednesday morning.
A message on the airport's website said "all air traffic is cancelled," while Charleroi, the southern hub for a swathe of low-cost carriers servicing Europe and Africa, announced delays and redirections to Lille, just across the French border.
© 2010 AFP