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17 Mar 2019 | 09:55 PM UTC

New Zealand: Dunedin Airport reopens March 18 after hoax prompts closure /update 1

New Zealand News Alert

Dunedin International Airport (DUD) reopens March 18 after reports of suspicious object prompts airport closure March 17; suspicious object declared “hoax”

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/17/2019, 12:00 AM until 3/18/2019, 11:59 PM (Pacific/Auckland). COUNTRY/REGION Dunedin International Airport (DUD)

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Event

Dunedin International Airport (DUD) reopened on the morning (local time) of Monday, March 18, after reports of a suspicious object prompted authorities to close the airport on Sunday evening, March 17. The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) declared the suspicious item to be a "hoax object." Residual flight disruptions are to be expected at DUD over the coming hours.

Context

Security forces in New Zealand have been on high alert after an anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim terrorist attacked two mosques in Christchurch on March 15, killing at least 50 people and wounding 50 others.

Advice

Individuals at or flying through DUD over the coming hours are advised to confirm their flight status and anticipate residual flight disruptions.

 

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