Figures released by the Lib Dems following a freedom of information request revealed that the BBC spent £10.4m on flights in the 12 months to the end of March 2008 – £3.1m of which was spent on business or first-class seats.
During the previous financial year, the BBC spent £10.8m on flights, including £2.4m on business and first-class travel.
In a letter to the Lib Dems, the BBC said staff may also have purchased rail or flight tickets directly and reclaimed the costs via expenses.
The BBC spent just under £5m on train tickets in the 2007-2008 financial year – around £520,000 of which was for first-class travel. This total increased slightly from £4.8m for the previous year.
It emerged earlier this year that the BBC’s taxi bill for the 12 months to the end of March was £13.8m – putting the corporation’s total transport bill for the last financial year at nearly £30m. The taxi bill was up from £13m the previous year.
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