Today Tesla CEO Elon Musk dismissed rumors that he would build a private airport in Austin, Texas, today, after reports circulated last week.
Musk was rumored to be building an airport for personal use somewhere east of Austin, near the town of Bastrop. My San Antonio yesterday tweeted, writing "Reports are circulating that Elon Musk has plans to build a new private airport in Central Texas. The Tesla CEO is developing the plan for the private airport to be possibly located near Bastrop, Texas."
Elon Musk several hours ago replied and wrote "Not true. Tesla is 5 mins from Austin International airport. Would be silly to build another private airport, however the existing commercial airport needs another runway, as Austin is growing fast!"
It seemed counterintuitive for the CEO to need a private airport in Austin, considering his jet has flown out of numerous large-scale airports, including Los Angeles International Airport. "The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey lists LAX as the airport with the fifth-highest traffic globally. Austin International was not within the Top 50. If Musk wanted privacy, he likely would have wanted to do it in LA, and not in Austin," rightfully thinks Joey Klender in Teslarati.
In any case, at least for the near future Musk will board his Gulfstream G650ER plane, from the runways of Austin’s airport. Thus, no Musk Airport near Austin, at least in the near future.
Not true. Tesla is 5 mins from Austin International airport. Would be silly to build another private airport, however the existing commercial airport needs another runway, as Austin is growing fast!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 4, 2022
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