The estimated cost of flying Air Force One on the latest trips to Kenya and Ethiopia: $5,983,773 with a total flight time of 29 hours. The most recent estimate on the hourly cost of flying Air Force One from Fiscal Year 2015, verified by NTUF, is $206,337 per flight hour. This figure, obtained by Judicial Watch, represents a slight decline from 2013.
This figure represents just the tip of the tailfin when it comes to the full costs of transporting the President abroad. Unfortunately for taxpayers, there is little public accounting of the total expenses involved -- which are likely to be quite high.
Recent terrorist activities in Kenya demanded intense security measures, as not only the President but 20 Members of Congress and officials from several federal departments and agencies also came along for the ride. Presidential travel overseas requires an entourage numbering in the hundreds (including security, communications, and logistics personnel) as well as several advance trips, dozens of cargo planes to airlift ground transport, mobile medical facilities, and constant military air patrols. These costs are not disclosed to the public due to security concerns but there are few details about even the non-security related spending.