26 Oct 2012

Airlines fined for Immigration breaches

10:15 am on 26 October 2012

A court has fined two airlines for breaches of the Immigration Act.

Immigration New Zealand prosecuted both Cathay Pacific Airways and LAN Airlines for allowing passengers to fly into the country without prior approval.

The airlines have been convicted in the Manukau District Court.

Cathay Pacific did not provide any information on a South African national before allowing him to travel to Auckland in January - and it has been fined just over $5000.

The LAN case involved a passenger from Chile, and it has been fined $9000.

In both cases the passengers were refused entry at the border and returned home.

Immigration New Zealand says airlines play a crucial role in helping keep the border secure.