29 Jul 2015

Cathay Pacific fined over Bahraini passenger

11:33 am on 29 July 2015

A Hong Kong airline has been fined for allowing a passenger to fly to New Zealand without getting prior approval from Immigration New Zealand.

Cathay Pacific Airways planes.

Photo: AFP

Cathay Pacific was convicted and fined $6500 for failing to provide information on a Bahraini passenger before allowing him to travel to Auckland in July last year.

The Manukau District Court was told the passenger had a pre-existing alert recorded against him after he was stopped from boarding a flight from Bangkok last year, and he would have been denied again.

Immigration New Zealand spokesperson Peter Devoy said this was the second time Cathay Pacific had been prosecuted for not meeting its requirements under the Immigration Act.

The man in question had since left the country.