Elon Musk has already built a spaceport – he could now build a private airport in Texas, according to a report.
The airport would be built in Bastrop, Texas, east of Austin, Austinia reported, citing multiple sources. The exact location and start date of construction are unknown, but the publication says concept plans exist.
However, Bastrop County officials said they were not aware of any plans by Musk to build an airport, according to the San Antonio Express News.
“There has been no official communication with the county regarding this airport,” Adena Lewis, director of tourism and economic development at Bastrop, told the newspaper.
A private airport would be useful for the Tesla CEO who frequently travels to Austin’s executive airport to oversee the electric vehicle company’s new Gigafactory, a SpaceX test site and tunneling company Boring Co., all in the Austin area. In late 2021, Musk officially moved Tesla’s headquarters from Palo Alto, Calif., to Austin, citing the high cost of living in the Golden State.
Musk has landed in and taken off from Austin several times over the past two weeks, including flying from Greece on July 18. He left Austin the same day and flew to Long Beach, Calif., according to the Express News. He has returned to Austin five times since then.
The billionaire flies on a 2015 Gulfstream G650ER and is expected to upgrade to a Gulfstream 6700, which is expected to be delivered in early 2023. To build the private airport, Musk would still need approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.
In July, Tesla reached an agreement with a Mexican state to open a dedicated border crossing lane for Tesla’s Mexican suppliers, according to Bloomberg.