The crazy amount Anthony Albanese is spending on flights every week – after it was revealed he still has EIGHT trips planned before Christmas
The Prime Minister’s multi-million dollar travel bill reveals that Anthony Albanese spends more on flights each week than the average Australian earns in a year.
Anthony Albanese has spent $5,306,066 on his VIP flights since being elected 18 months ago, making him the biggest private traveler in the country.
The RAAF squadron’s VIP flying records, released by the MoD on Friday afternoon, show he spends an average of $88,000 a week on flights, more than the average annual salary of the Australian $68,900.
From January to June 2023 alone, the Prime Minister spent $1,872,148 on flights, traveling the world to meet world leaders from Ukraine, Japan, Indonesia, Spain, France and Fiji.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (pictured) has racked up more than $5 million in VIP flights in the past 18 months since his election
The Prime Minister came under fire in September 2022 when he chose to fly VIP to the Queen’s funeral despite UK authorities asking world leaders to fly commercially.
Those invited have been told to avoid using private jets by the UK Foreign Office due to “heightened security and road restrictions”.
Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles defended the decision at the time, saying it was for security reasons.
“That has to be the primary consideration here,” he told ABC National Radio.
“And I might add that it’s not just a consideration from a prime minister’s safety perspective, it’s also a matter of public safety.”
The biggest spending period was during the election, with Anthony Albanese racking up $3,433,918 in VIP flights from April 2022 to December – like former Prime Minister Scott Morrison around the same time.
Mr Albanese is expected to fly a further 106,500km in the air during an epic series of eight overseas trips before the end of the year.
The global diplomatic whirlwind adds to the 23 overseas trips he has already made to four continents since becoming prime minister in May 2022.