According to the Air Force, flying a C-32, the version of airplane used for Air Force two, for one hour costs about $30,000. Pence’s flight from Las Vegas to Indianapolis Saturday took approximately three hours and 20 minutes, so it cost about $100,000
Pence then flew from Indianapolis to Los Angeles on Sunday, which took approximately four hours and 45 minutes, costing roughly $142,500.
The grand total: about $242,500.
Some costs of the flight into Los Angeles will be reimbursed by the Republican National Committee because Pence is attending a political event there.
If he had flown just from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, a trip lasting about 90 minutes, the cost would have been around $45,000.
A Pence aide said the Indianapolis excursion was planned for weeks because former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning was being honored at the match; the Las Vegas leg, however, was set on the program in recent days, adding to the total expenditures.
“The Vice President was not going to miss the Las Vegas memorial prayer walk on Saturday, which he was honored to attend on behalf of President Trump,” another aide said in a statement to CNN. “If the Vice President did not go to Indiana for the Colts game, he would have flown back to D.C. for the evening — which means flying directly over Indiana. Instead, he made a shorter trip to Indiana for a game that was on his schedule for several weeks.”
Pence abandoned the game after some players knelt during the National Anthem, stating he did not need to “dignify” the demonstration.
“I left today’s Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem,” Pence wrote on Twitter.
The vice president went on to issue a full statement opposing the demonstration.
President Donald Trump tweeted afterward that he asked Pence to leave the stadium.
“I asked @VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country. I am proud of him and @SecondLady Karen,” Trump tweeted.
The pool of journalists accompanying the vice president was not allowed into the stadium and has been asked to stay in their vans. They were told by a staffer that “there may be an early departure from the game,” but were not given any further information.
Some criticized Trump and Pence for the walkout, with Hawaii Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz tweeting, “Wait. This was orchestrated to make a point? That’s not an inexpensive thing to do.”