Cathay Pacific fined for breach in immigration rules

  • 29/07/2015

Cathay Pacific has been hit with a fine after it allowed a Bahraini passenger to fly to New Zealand without proper approval from immigration authorities.

The airline was convicted and fined $6500 in Manukau District Court yesterday for failing to comply with its obligations under the Immigration Act.

Cathay Pacific failed to provide Immigration New Zealand with any information about a Bahraini passenger before allowing him to travel to Auckland from the Qatar capital, Doha, in July last year.

Immigration NZ would have told the airline not to board him as there was a pre-existing alert recorded against him.

The man has since left New Zealand.

Immigration NZ assistant general manager Peter Devoy says it is second time Cathay Pacific has been prosecuted for not meeting its legal requirements.

It was a serious matter as airlines had a crucial role to play in maintaining the integrity of New Zealand's immigration system, he said.