SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- A strike by civil aviation workers in Chile is grounding departing flights.
The 24-hour strike began at midnight. Workers are demanding improved labor conditions.
The director of the civil aviation said Tuesday the strike is affecting all of Chile's airports and airfields and flights are not expected to depart during the stoppage.
Maximiliano Larraechea also says that airline companies have been rescheduling flights ahead of the strike. He says that 10 out of 16 international flights and 26 out of 32 national ones were expected to be cancelled by noon Tuesday.
The strike comes just days ahead of a national holiday celebrating the country's independence. Chileans usually take the Sept. 18 holiday to travel. But many Chileans and tourists are now stranded at the international airport in the capital, Santiago.