The problem related to documentation from New Zealand's Civil Aviation Authority which was included as part of Air New Zealand's application to allow the particular plane 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. The plane, which has not yet been confirmed, returned to Auckland about five hours after it took off and that it did not have permission from the Chinese authorities to land.
Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis said the Chinese let the government know a few weeks ago that there was a scheduling issue, and the event would happen eventually.More news: Nicki Minaj Cancels BET Concert After Cardi B Grammys Tweet
Air New Zealand did not immediately respond to a Stuff's request for comment. Calls to the civil aviation administration were not answered. Saturday was the first time a plane from the route, which is being serviced by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, had attempted to fly to Shanghai.
"Tourism is very important to New Zealand, but so is trade and our global relationship - I think that it's very concerning that Jacinda Ardern is the first elected Prime Minister not to visit China within the first year in office since before Robert Muldoon, that in itself speaks volumes".
The National Party says it looks like New Zealand's relationship with China is deteriorating and the government needs to get its act together quickly to sort it out. At no point did she mention Taiwan or its status as a country. Ardern had received an invitation to visit the communist country to meet Premier Li Keqiang past year, however the invitation was put on ice after New Zealand's chief spy agency, the GCSB, made a decision to nix plans to allow Huawei to build the country's 5G network, according to Otago Daily Times.More news: Morocco freezes involvement in Saudi-led coalition in Yemen
A month later Stuff asked Air New Zealand whether it had received any order from the CAA of China in regards to how the airline referred to Taiwan.
An Air New Zealand flight to Shanghai turned back mid-flight after the airline discovered it did not have permission to land because paperwork had not been filed.More news: Osaka in shock split with coach