Brazil airport cancels flights due to truckers' strike

Brasília (AFP) –


The airport in Brazil's capital Brasilia canceled flights Friday as it ran out of fuel due to a five-day-old truckers' strike.

At least four domestic flights and one American Airlines flight to Miami were canceled, according to airport authorities.

"Reserves of aviation kerosene at Brasilia airport ran out this morning," it said.

"The airport will not close. It will continue to function, but it will only accept planes that are able to take off again without refueling."

Brasilia serves as a hub for connections to other airports in the vast country.

Other large airports in Brazil were also threatened with fuel shortages due to the truckers' strike, which began on Monday to protest fuel price rises.

The walkout has left much of the country virtually paralyzed and caused acute shortages of food and fuel.