It’s not news that billionaires own private jets, but it’s less common to own private airports, and Musk seems intent on taking this unique asset so that he and his employees can use it.
Elon Musk wants to show his love for Texas by building an airport in the Austin suburb of Bastrop, according to local Texas media reports. The airport will be his personal takeoff and landing point, and a facility shared by employees of many of his companies.
According to statistics, in 2019 alone, Musk’s personal flight mileage is as high as 240,000 kilometers, which can almost circle the earth 6 times. He owns four aircraft, including a $70 million Gulfstream G650ER, two $60 million Gulfstream G550s, and a $26 million Dassault Falcon 900B.
From the Google Maps, it takes about 30 minutes to drive from Tesla’s Texas factory to Austin Airport on weekdays; if you drive to Bastrop, it’s also about 30 minutes, so the advantage of this dedicated airport lies in the internal process, of course. It also provides greater privacy, although it may not help Musk get rid of the sophomore stalking his plane.
Despite being the richest man in the world, building an airport is not easy. It requires the approval of the EPA, the Federal Aviation Administration, an environmental impact assessment, and the support of the local government. Although Musk has successfully completed the Berlin plant, it may be no less difficult to build a new airport.
To put it another way, if Musk really succeeds in building an airport for employees of Tesla, SpaceX and the Boring Company to use, it will obviously play a lot of new applications, such as a direct route from the airport. The underground tunnel of Sla’s headquarters is driven by electric vehicles automatically throughout the whole process, without any signs to stop it.
For SpaceX employees, this airport may be more attractive, because they have to fly to a remote launch site. If they can save the process inside the airport and take a special plane, I believe the journey can be much more comfortable.
Neither Musk nor Tesla officials have confirmed the news yet, so everything is still unknown.