‘Incorrect’: Tesla CEO Elon Musk says it would be ‘ridiculous’ to build a private airport for himself

‘Incorrect’: Tesla CEO Elon Musk says it would be silly to build a private airport in Austin for himself and top executives — but notes the current airport needs another runway

  • Elon Musk said Thursday that it would be “ridiculous” for him to build a new private airport in Austin for himself and top Tesla CEOs.
  • Two of Musk’s companies, including Tesla and The Boring Company, maintain a large presence in the Austin metropolitan area.
  • Kotb said on Twitter that Tesla is ‘five minutes’ from Austin International Airport, and suggested that the airport add another runway.
  • Musk is using a 2015 Gulfstream G650 but has ordered a new plane delivered next year

Elon Musk has confirmed that he has no plans to build an airport for himself and his corporate CEOs outside of Austin – frustrating the rumors on Twitter.

In response to a tweet about a news story about the rumored new airport on Thursday, the Tesla CEO said: “Not true. Tesla is 5 minutes from Austin International Airport.

“It would be silly to build another private airport, but the current commercial airport needs another runway, as Austin is growing fast!”

The story about the airport was originally published by Ostonia. No word yet on whether Austin-Bergstrom International Airport plans to add another runway to handle the increased air traffic for the fast-growing city.

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The story about the airport was originally published by Ostonia. However, Tesla CEO Elon Musk posted on Twitter Thursday that he will not be building a new private airport in Austin, Texas.

Mogul Elon Musk said on Twitter Thursday that Elon Musk has no plans to build a new private airport near Austin, Texas.  Pictured, the tech mogul's 2015 Gulfstream plane is parked at Austin Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, Texas.

Mogul Elon Musk said on Twitter Thursday that Elon Musk has no plans to build a new private airport near Austin, Texas. Pictured, the tech mogul’s 2015 Gulfstream plane is parked at Austin Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, Texas.

Several Musk companies, including Tesla (Giga Texas shown above) and The Boring Company maintain a presence in the Austin metropolitan area.

Several Musk companies, including Tesla (Giga Texas shown above) and The Boring Company maintain a presence in the Austin metropolitan area.

Giga Texas alone covers 2,500 acres along the Colorado River in southeastern Travis County and is officially the home of Tesla.

Last year, an associated entity led by The Boring Company acquired 73 acres in northwest Bastrop, according to Estonia, and also moved its headquarters to Pflugerville — an Austin suburb in Travis County.

The Boring Company’s address is located approximately three miles from Austin Executive Airport.

This airport has a 6,025-foot runway and more than 130,000 square feet of community hangar space, according to an Ostonia report.

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk (pictured above at one of his plants) said Thursday that he has no plans to build a new private airport for himself in Austin, Texas.

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk (pictured above at one of his plants) said Thursday that he has no plans to build a new private airport for himself in Austin, Texas.

Musk has tried to ramp up production in the face of multiple challenges — mostly related to supply chain chaos and the effect of inflation on the raw materials that go into electric vehicles — so it's possible that he's been making more trips to and from the Austin area.

Musk has tried to ramp up production in the face of multiple challenges — mostly related to supply chain chaos and the effect of inflation on the raw materials that go into electric vehicles — so it’s possible that he’s been making more trips to and from the Austin area.

The SpaceX founder is currently flying a 2015 Gulfstream G650, but has ordered a new private jet for delivery next year.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is located approximately five miles from Giga Texas.

Musk has tried to ramp up production in the face of multiple challenges—mostly related to supply chain chaos and the impact of inflation on the raw materials that go into electric vehicles—so he’s likely been making more trips to and from the Austin area.

“This factory is losing crazy money right now,” Musk told Silicon Valley Tesla club members in an interview in Giga Texas. “We should be running more cars from this factory for very few cars.”

Both the Berlin and Austin factories are huge money furnaces right now. OK? It really is like the sound of a giant roar, the sound of money burning.”

Musk said Tesla’s Texas plant is producing “a small number” of cars due to challenges in ramping up production of its new “4680” batteries and as tools for making its conventional 2170 batteries “stuck at a port in China”.

Establishing a new private airport requires approval from the Environmental Protection Agency as well as the Federal Aviation Administration.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is located approximately five miles from Musk's Giga Texas

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is located approximately five miles from Musk’s Giga Texas

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