The US Department of State will likely increase the cost of the helicopter trip for the US officials in Kabul from $1,350 to $2,250 for the 3 miles trip from the US Embassy in Kabul to the international airport in Kabul, it has been reported.
The State Department, which contracts with DynCorp International Inc. to provide flights from the embassy in Kabul for U.S. civilian aid workers and well as personnel from the Treasury Department, FBI and other agencies, is proposing to increase the cost of the trip to about $2,250 next year, up from $1,350 currently, according to a report by Bloomberg.
The US Specia Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko has said the proposed surge in cost is more than the $1,850 economy class round trip ticket from to Kabul to Washington on Emirates Airline.
Word of the fare hike came in a note from the State Department earlier this month, according to a spokesman for the watchdog office. One-way rates are up from $300 in fiscal 2016, the SIGAR spokesman has reportedly said.