Monday, April 23, 2018

Students protest University of Kansas use of private jets; school says they're an investment

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A group of KU students say the school's use of private jets is one of the reasons tuition costs are rising.

The group KU Against Rising Tuition was at the Chancellors house Monday afternoon, protesting the use of the jets. They say since they operate with state dollars, it takes millions from the school's general funds.

The group says the jet costs more than 10 times as much as flying coach.

"Considering this jet is used typically within a 300 mile radius, so say from here in Lawrence to Wichita, to Salina," Christian Espinosa said, "this is completely inefficient for a $5.6 million jet that costs almost $1 million in maintenance fees per year."

Espinosa says they aren't protesting for the school to completely get ride of the jet, they just want to find a more efficient way to get the same job done.

However, KU says the jets are an investment for the school. In a statement to 13 NEWS, the school says, "We appreciate our students taking an interest in the university’s business operations. The university has owned a plane for more than 40 years, and we use it because it is an efficiency tool with a clear return on investment for the university. We encourage students to learn more about KU’s aviation strategies by viewing the KU Aviation Services face sheets available online."

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