An intoxicated passenger assaulted a police officer then resisted arrest after arriving at Dunedin Airport yesterday afternoon, police say.

The 31-year-old man was on a Jetstar flight from Auckland which arrived at the airport at 3.58pm.

A police spokesman said during the flight the man became intoxicated.

The captain requested police meet the plane on arrival in Dunedin because of his behaviour towards the cabin crew.

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Police approached the man as he was leaving the aircraft, and while he was being directed towards a private area of the airport he assaulted a constable.

He was immediately arrested but continued to resist being placed in handcuffs, the spokesman said.

No airport or airline staff were involved in the incident, he said.

A Jetstar spokesman said the company did not tolerate any anti-social or unacceptable behaviour on board its services.