Air New Zealand flight to Shanghai forced to turn back

  • Air New Zealand flight to Shanghai forced to turn back

Air New Zealand flight to Shanghai forced to turn back

An Air New Zealand flight to Shanghai turned back several hours into its journey on Sunday after discovering it did not have permission to land in China, the airline said.

'A technicality meant the particular aircraft operating this service did not have Chinese regulatory authority to land in China'.

"Midway through our flight, the pilot informs us that Chinese authorities had not given this plane permission to land, so we needed to turn around, " he said. According to sources "the Chinese were very explicit" about what the issue was, however the issue was not resolved.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Air New Zealand for comment.

Some airlines, including American Airlines Group Inc., Delta Air Lines Inc., United Continental Holdings Inc., Hawaiian Holdings Inc., Qantas Airways Ltd., Air France-KLM and Deutsche Lufthansa AG cooperated with China's wishes on reference to Taiwan before last year's deadline.

A former Trade Minister says China has clearly put New Zealand on notice over the treatment of Huawei. "A permitting issue, supposedly", the passenger commented. At no point did she mention Taiwan or its status as a country.

Ms Ardern said she had a standing invitation to visit China, but so far the two leaders had not been able to find a suitable date. Ardern had received an invitation to visit the communist country to meet Premier Li Keqiang a year ago, however the invitation was put on ice after New Zealand's chief spy agency, the GCSB, chose to nix plans to allow Huawei to build the country's 5G network, according to Otago Daily Times.

The incident marks yet another arbitrary move by Beijing to impose its ideology upon foreign companies, following the CAA order on April 24 of a year ago that forced airlines to refer to Taiwan as part of China on their websites, which the U.S. White House called "Orwellian nonsense".

In a statement late on Sunday, China's civil aviation regulator quoted the airline as having said the issue was due to "temporary improper allocation of the aircraft".

"We've not received any communication of this nature", an Air New Zealand spokeswoman said at the time.