Thousands of people joined a protest Sunday against the impact on the environment from Milan's new Malpensa airport, northern Italy's most important airline hub, the Ansa news agency reported.
The protest against further development of the airport and construction of a third runway was the seventh since Malpensa opened in 1998.
Passenger traffic was not affected but the departure terminal was peacefully occupied by protesters for several hours.
Demonstrators -- 6,000 according to organizers, less than in previous anti-Malpensa rallies -- carried banners from the 87 towns which have joined the protest and musical bands added a joyful touch to an otherwise serious undertaking.
The demonstration had originally been scheduled for October 22 but was put off because of severe weather conditions when large parts of northwest Italy were flooded after torrential rains -- ROME (AFP)
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