Beirut airport has been closed after workers walked out.
104 flights were cancelled and thousands of passengers were affected. Air traffic controllers are complaining that their overtime has not been paid since 2001. They also want a reduction in their working hours – they currently work nearly double the legal limit and earn just $400 a month..
It is the only international gateway in to the country, used by thousands of businessmen and tourists every day. It is bound to add to the country’s economic woes, which is still trying to rebuild its reputation as a tourist destination and banking center, after the trauma of the Hariri killing and demonstrations.