Strike halts Belgian air traffic

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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

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