published: 2019-02-11 05:21:29
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the reason an Air New Zealand plane was turned back from Shanghai yesterday was an “administrative error” rather than politically motivated.
The flight was refused entry to Shanghai, with airport officials saying it had no regulatory authority to land there.
National Party leader Simon Bridges says questions need to be asked.
“We need to know what has happened here. Is it part of the ongoing deterioration in relations between this NZ Govt & China?” he tweeted yesterday.
Mr Bridges told TVNZ1’s Breakfast this morning that the relationship between the two countries is deteriorating and suggested the flight return might also be related to this.