Elon Musk has already built a spaceport — now he could be building a private airport in Texas, according to a report.
The airport would be built in Bastrop, Texas, which is east of Austin, Austonia reported, citing multiple sources. An exact location and start date for construction is unknown, but the publication reports that conceptual plans exist.
“There has been no formal communication with the county regarding this airport,” Adena Lewis, director of tourism and economic development in Bastrop, told the paper.
A private airport would come in handy for the Tesla CEO who frequently flies into Austin Executive Airport to oversee the electric vehicle company’s new Gigafactory, a SpaceX testing site and the Boring Co. tunneling company — all in the Austin area. At the end of 2021, Musk officially moved Tesla’s headquarters from Palo Alto, Calif. to Austin, citing the high cost of living in the Golden State.
Musk landed and took off from Austin several times in the past two weeks, including flying in from Greece on July 18. He left Austin that same day and flew to Long Beach, Calif. according to the Express News. He’s returned to Austin five times since then.
The billionaire flies on a 2015 Gulfstream G650ER and is reportedly set to upgrade to a Gulfstream 6700, which is expected be delivered in early 2023. To build the private airport, Musk would still need approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.
In July, Tesla made a deal with a Mexican state to open a dedicated border crossing lane for Tesla’s Mexican suppliers, according to Bloomberg.