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President Uses Private Jets More Often than Ministers

Icelandic officials traveled 12 times to foreign countries with aircrafts that were not used for public transport between 2005 and 2008; President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson on nine occasions and ministers of the cabinet on three.

The president traveled with jets that were in the ownership or rented by Icelandic companies; Glitnir, Novator, FL Group, KB Bank (later Kaupthing), Actavis and Eimskipafélag Íslands, as the presidential office informed Fréttabladid.

These travels were directly related to the president’s work.

In September 2005 he flew from London to Sofia with a private jet owned by Novator to watch a national football match between Iceland and Bulgaria and to meet with Bulgarian officials.

In September 2007, the president flew with a jet rented by Eimskipafélag Íslands to Leeds, England, to open an office complex owned by the transport company, visit the local university and honor two men for promoting Icelandic culture.

The ministries have not used private jets to the same extent. They informed Fréttabladid that the Prime Minister’s Office rented jets twice between 2005 and 2008 because of meetings ministers had to attend in Romania and northern Sweden.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries rented a jet once during the aforementioned period because of a meeting its employees had to attend in western Greenland.

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