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Elon Musk denies Austonia airport story

(Laura Figi)

In a Thursday tweet, Elon Musk denied Austonia’s report that he’s planning to build a private airport somewhere east of Austin.

“Not true,” Musk wrote. That “would be silly,” noting that Tesla is “5 mins from Austin International airport.”


Austonia sources have told us Musk is frustrated with the slow pace of Austin-Bergstrom’s capacity expansion and may have offered ABIA substantial funding if the airport accelerated its timetable for improvements specified in its Airport Expansion & Development program, also known as the 2040 Master Plan.

We contacted Mookie Patel, the airport’s Chief Officer Business & Finance. Our response came from an airport information officer who said that “we have not received any offers from Mr. Musk or his companies,” but didn’t say whether there had been discussions.

We’ve also heard that Musk wants ready access to an east/west runway, which ABIA does not have. His tweet mentioned that “the existing commercial airport needs another runway.”

Since publishing our original story, we’ve heard from readers who’ve suggested Musk could get additional capacity by taking over or joining an existing airport project in the Austin-Bastrop corridor. We know of two:

  • Greenport, a 5,000 acre Bastrop project that’s advertising available facilities pending a 2022 opening. A site rendering shows an east/west runway. A person associated with the project, TR Reid of Carpenter & Associates, said “in terms of any kind of speculation or rumors or whatnot, we wouldn’t comment on that.”
  • Central Texas Airport, a project that’s in an undetermined state of development, near the intersection of FM 969 and FM 1704.

If you have any first-person insight into any aspect of this story, please contact us at editor@austonia.com.

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