For Immediate Release
Contact: Doug Kellogg, (703) 299-8698
April 29, 2014
President Brings Back
$8.7 Million Air Force One Bill from Asia Trip
(Alexandria, VA) -- President Obama returns today from an eight-day journey
through Asia, where he visited Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and the
Philippines while making two stops in the northwestern United States – adding up to just over 38 flight hours and
a cost of $8.686 million for operating Air Force One, according to a National
Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF) analysis.
With this voyage to Tokyo, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, and Manila, NTUF’s
ongoing study of Presidential Travel notes Barack Obama has now journeyed to 10
countries, spending 14 days abroad on 3 total trips this year. Just last month NTUF’s
researchers determined that the current President
was the most internationally traveled among his Jet Age predecessors after his
first five years in office.
All told, during his tenure President Obama has now spent 133
days abroad on 34 total trips, including 73 stops.
“Presidential travel entails substantial planning, logistical
support, security provisions, and, therefore presents significant costs for
taxpayers,” said NTUF Policy Analyst Michael Tasselmyer.
“The $8.7 million price tag of operating Air Force One
offers perspective on what some of those costs can be, even though the full extent
of the fiscal impact remains unclear. Given that diplomacy is a vital part of
the Chief Executive’s duties, this is only the latest reminder that taxpayers
would benefit from greater transparency and disclosure of travel expenditures no
matter who occupies the White House,” Tasselmyer concluded.
The latest Air Force One cost per flight hour is $228,288.
Flight time estimates were acquired from the White House schedule, media
sources, and military flight speed data.
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