Elon Musk denies report that he's planning to build his own private airport outside Austin, Texas

Tesla CEO Elon Musk at the company's cyber rodeo event in Austin, Texas.SUZANNE CORDEIRO / AFP
Elon Musk said Thursday that he has no plans to build a private airport near Austin, Texas.
Local news site Austria reported last week that an airport could help its businesses grow in the region.
But Musk said that's "not true" and that it "would be silly" given that Tesla HQ is so close to Austin's airports.
Elon Musk said Thursday that he will not build a private airport outside of Austin, Texas.
Local news site Austria reported last week that the Tesla and SpaceX exec is planning to build a new airfield in Bastrop outside the city, in close proximity to his newly purchased Boring Company property as well as the Gigafactory site he is turning into Tesla's headquarters in the past year.
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But Musk took to Twitter to deny that claim.
"Not true," he tweeted in response to an article detailing the news. “Tesla is 5 minutes from Austin International Airport. It would be silly to build another private airport, but the existing commercial airport needs another runway as Austin is growing fast!”
A private airport could help him grow his companies' operations, and he would need federal approval, as well as approval from local authorities, to build one, Austria reported. Travel to and from Austin is already served by both Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and the 585-acre Austin Executive Airport to the north, located near Tesla's Giga Texas on Tesla Road.
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Records show that in December 2020, the Boring Company purchased an industrial property in Pflugerville, a suburb north of Austin. The company also plans to build a tunnel test site in Bastrop, Texas, according to a separate report in February. Bastrop is about 24 miles east of Giga Texas.
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And his company, SpaceX, is based in Boca Chica, Texas, near the state line with Mexico.
Austin has long had a tech presence that dates back decades but has seen an even bigger rush in recent years. Many have fled to the city during the pandemic, and Musk said in late 2020 that he left California for Texas, though he didn't reveal exactly where he hung his hat.
He was reportedly living in a tiny $50,000 house near the Boca Chica location of his Space X, according to reports in mid-2021. And the Wall Street Journal reported in December 2021 that he was staying in a lavish $12 million waterfront estate in Austin owned by a billionaire member of the so-called PayPal mafia and was looking to buy a home.
Musk dismissed those claims in an email to Insiders at the time, saying, "The WSJ article is false. I don't live there and I don't want to buy a house anywhere.”
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