SANTIAGO: Airport workers staged a 24-hour strike Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) in Chile, grounding flights across the country and disrupting travel plans for some 50,000 passengers. The strike was called by air traffic controllers, ground support staff and other airport personnel to demand better retirement benefits. At least 324 flights had to be canceled. While many passengers were upset at the inconvenience, there were no incidents reported at any airport, officials said. Labor Minister Ximena Rincon condemned the strike as “illegal,” saying the workers were public employees.