Elon Musk and his respective companies have a widespread presence in Texas, especially in the surrounding Austin area. And according to new reports, Musk may be looking to make another major business venture in the state that would benefit all of his brands.
Citing multiple sources, Austin-based publication Austria reported that conceptual plans have been made for Musk to begin developing his own airport on the outskirts of the city.
Above all, the airport could be an important hub for Musk and other company executives and employees to quickly travel from Tesla’s newest Gigafactory (now Tesla’s main headquarters), which opened in Austin earlier this year .
Musk’s SpaceX and The Boring Company also have offices and factories in central Texas, which would make having a new private airport a huge source of convenience for him and his private jet.
Austria confirms that “the timing and exact location” of the alleged airport is unknown, but indicates that conceptually the airport would be located near Bastrop, Texas.
Musk’s jet and its whereabouts have hit the headlines after he clashed with 19-year-old Jack Sweeney over whether or not the teenager had the right to continue tracking his plane’s whereabouts and then share the information via Twitter.
The FAA ruled in Sweeney’s favor, even after Musk offered to pay him $5,000 to stop the tracking.
It should be noted that Musk’s trips in and out of Texas have become crucial in 2022 as Tesla works on the long-delayed Model Y production.
Austin’s main airport, Austin-Bergstrom Airport, began a major expansion plan that was approved in 2019, with an additional $46 million recently added to development plans, including three new gates at the main terminal.
Tesla’s Gigafactory is about 5 kilometers away from ATX.