Two army bomb experts are working to deal with what appears to be an improvised explosive device found in a downstairs toilet at Dunedin International Airport.
Once the situation is resolved, police will undertake a search of the vicinity where the device was located to ensure there are no other suspicious items or activity. If no other issues are identified it is hoped that the airport will be reopened mid to late afternoon.
Flights in and out of the airport are still diverted or cancelled and the air traffic control tower is closed. People should contact Air New Zealand for flight information.
Turbo propeller planes are still flying in to drop passengers off but are leaving empty. No jets are flying. Around 300 people have been evacuated from the airport including passengers and airport employees.
Police are also stopping vehicles travelling towards the airport at Momona Village and ask that people stay away until the situation is resolved.
More details will be released once they become available.