Drake says there’s a good reason why his $185 million private jet—called “Air Drake”—took three flights that were under 20 minutes last month. But that doesn’t negate the fact that those short jaunts reportedly resulted in around 15 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
The rapper received backlash on social media over his use of the private jet after the Twitter account CelebJets reported that Drake’s plane took off from Hamilton, Ontario on July 12 to make the 18-minute trip to Toronto. On June 17, the plane made the same trip all over again, this time in 16 minutes, and on June 28 it did so once again in 14 minutes. According to the account, each of these flights resulted in about five tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
After multiple outlets reported on Drake’s high-price jaunts between the two Canadian cities, he commented on an Instagram post by Real Toronto Newz, explaining, “This is just them moving planes to whatever airport they are being stored at for anyone who was interested in the logistics…nobody takes that flight.”
However, considering the environmental toll of these flights, many climate activists are still calling out the multi-millionaire musician. Ian Borsuk, a climate campaign coordinator, said on CTV New Toronto, “I think we need to as a society have a conversation about whether we should be allowing these private flights to be happening in the first place. I think it can really be frustrating for some folks when, you know, they’re thinking to themselves, ‘Okay, well, I’m doing everything I can in my daily routine to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions, such as taking public transit, buying local products, and things like that.”
Drake hasn’t been flying on Air Drake as of late as he’s been busy traveling around Europe on a 238-foot mega-yacht, named “Coral Queen,” which costs $660,000 a week to rent. The boat features a sun lounge with a glass-bottom spa pool, a sky lounge with a full-service bar and a sound system, and a master bedroom with skylights and panoramic views, according to the boat’s website.
The “Falling Back” singer is also not the only celebrity who’s recently been held accountable for their private travel predilections. Kylie Jenner was called out as well for recently making a 17-minute flight from Camarillo, California, to Van Nuys, which is a 45-minute trip by car. The reality star has yet to respond to these reports, however, she has taken to Instagram to brag about her and her dela boyfriend Travis Scott each owning their own private jet.