Elon Musk denies building a private airport in Texas

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk denies reports he is building a private airport near Bastrop.

On Thursday morning, he took to Twitter to push back against reports of rumored development east of Austin.

“That’s not true,” he said. tweeted in response to an article by Express-News sister site MySA.com. “Tesla is 5 minutes from Austin International Airport. It would be silly to build another private airport.

Several news outlets had previously reported on the development of the rumor. An article published Monday by the Express-News quoted a Bastrop County official as saying the county had not been informed of the airport plans. The story also asked for but received no comment from Austin-based Tesla, SpaceX and The Boring Co.

The possibility of a private airfield was first reported by the Auston news site Austinia. Without identifying them, Austinia reported a week ago that “multiple sources” had confirmed the existence of concept plans for such a facility.

The story drew attention to how the globe-trotting billionaire would use the airport.

While denying he was building an airport, Musk said Thursday that Austin needs more infrastructure for air travel.

“Existing commercial airport needs another runway,” he tweeted, “because Austin is growing fast!”

Musk officially moved Tesla’s $1.1 billion headquarters to its factory near Austin from Fremont, California in December. Gigafactory Texas sits on 2,200 acres off Texas 45 and US 130 near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

The drive from the Gigafactory to the city-owned airport is six miles, or a nine-minute drive southeast. It’s also about 16 miles, or a 24-minute drive, north of the private Austin Executive Airport toward Pflugerville, the headquarters of Musk’s tunneling company, The Boring Co.

The Boring Co. is 3 miles from Austin Executive Airport. SpaceX’s rocket test facility at McGregor is about 97 miles north of the Austin-owned airport.

As of Thursday, The Boring Co., SpaceX and Tesla did not respond to requests for comment.

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