Six weeks ago, roughly, a Corsair charter flight landed at Lamezia Terme International Airport (SUF), in Southern Italy. It was a Boeing 747-422, registration F-HSEA. It carried 500 tourists from Liege Airport (LGG), Belgium.
My question: when a flight like this is headed to an airport which is not an usual landing spot for wide-bodies, how does the ATC figure out a wide-body is coming? Do they figure this out by just communicating with the pilots when airborne or do they receive an official note beforehand?