The runway at Deurne is 1,510 metres longs and as such can accommodate an Airbus A320 if certain restrictions are observed.
Airport Commandant Wim Verbist told the press agency Belga that "We have a short runway and consequently an A320 can’t operate commercial flights from here. However, if the A320 is being used for a private charter flight with a limited number of passengers then it is allowed”.
The Aegean Airlines plane landed empty on Saturday. It can carry up to 180 passengers, but took off with between 50 and 60 passengers from a Greek football team.
"This is not the kind of plane that could operate here every day. For that you would need a runway of between 2,000 and 2,200 metres”, Mr Verbist added.