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Queues mar Brussels airport reopening

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People queue outside the departure hall at Brussels airport: The major transport hub has been returning to full capacity after the suicide attacks in March © AFP The major transport hub has been returning to full capacity after the suicide attacks in March

Long delays have marred the reopening of the departure hall at Brussels airport weeks after suicide attacks there killed 16 people.

People queue outside the departure hall at Brussels airport: The delays have angered passengers, some of whom missed flights © AFP The delays have angered passengers, some of whom missed flights

Amid heavy security, some passengers complained of missing their flights.

Police patrol Brussels airport: Security has been stepped up © AFP Security has been stepped up

They have been advised to arrive at least three hours ahead of departure.

Messages of condolences left by Brussels Airport staff to the victims of twin suicide attacks: Airport staff have left messages of condolences of the victims of the attack © AFP Airport staff have left messages of condolences of the victims of the attack

The 22 March attacks, by so-called Islamic State (IS), severely damaged the hall. Another suicide blast on a metro train on the same day killed another 16 people.

Smoke fills Brussels Airport after suicide attacks: The attacks severely damaged the hall - this was the immediate aftermath © AP The attacks severely damaged the hall - this was the immediate aftermath

Brussels attacks: What we know

On Sunday some passengers were able to board select flights and from Monday could check-in at more than 100 desks in the airport departure hall.

It is not expected to be operating at full capacity until mid-June.

But the extra security checks and screenings have caused frustration, with local media reporting two-hour long queues outside the hall.

Among those missing their flight, La Libre reported, was former Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme.

"I've been standing in line for about the past hour, and whether I make my flight or not is an open question at this point," said one man.

On the airport's Facebook page some users described the situation as "ridiculous", "chaotic" and a "nightmare".

Others warned that the three-hour check-in time could deter business passengers.

But some were sympathetic. "At the moment it's fine, we know what happened and all. But for the future, it has to be faster," said one woman.

An airport spokeswoman said the situation should improve in the coming days.

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