Passengers fall ill on Melbourne-NZ flight

Passengers have been screened on the tarmac at Auckland's airport after a number became ill during a flight from Melbourne.

An Auckland Airport spokeswoman said paramedics were called to Virgin Australia flight VA167 about 3.30pm (NZ local time) on Monday following reports of illness.

Travellers were being screened as they came off and a Virgin spokeswoman said they had all since been cleared.

"The pilot made the decision to alert the New Zealand Ministry of Health as a precautionary measure to check the health of some passengers who felt unwell," she said.

Auckland Regional Public Health Service medical officer of health Shanika Perera said about 10 of the passengers had to be examined by ambulance crews.

"However, none of these are seriously unwell or require further medical treatment. They are free to leave the airport," she said.

There were 157 passengers onboard and it's understood some were presenting flu-like symptoms.

Last week, 11 people were taken to hospital in New York after reports of more than 100 aboard an Emirates flight from Dubai were experiencing flu-like symptoms.

Australian Associated Press