‘World’s richest man’ Elon Musk ‘building private airport’ after jet criticism

SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk is reportedly building a private airport in Texas, to serve his business empire.

Musk, 50, tries to paint himself as a bohemian billionaire who crashes on friends' couches, but his private jet use has ruffled feathers in the past.

Now he has somewhere to land his jets, if reports are to be believed.

Austonia reports that Musk has designs on building an airport on the east side of Austin, Texas, that will serve the companies he owns that have a presence in state, namely Tesla, SpaceX, and The Boring Company.

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It will also be available for use to his executives and close circle, reports suggest.

The construction of a private airport requires approval from the FAA, as well as passing the agency’s environmental standards.

Locals regulations would apply, too, but Bastrop council said that they are not aware of any plans.

Musk, like many other high profile celebrities, has been criticised for his use of private jets in the past.

In May, the automated Twitter bot @ElonJet showed Musk's private jet landing in San Francisco, California after being airborne for under ten minutes, when the drive would have been less than an hour.

"Elon Musk's private jet just went on a nine-minute flight but you better not put the wrong type of plastic in your recycling," wrote one Twitter user.

However, it appears that Musk's short flight was part of a larger journey. After landing in San Francisco the same Twitter page shows that Musk took off again and flew to Austin, Texas, a three-hour flight.

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Tesla headquarters moved from Silicon Valley to Texas at the end of last year.

Elon Musk has four private jets registered in his name, according to The Sun.

According to the BBC, carbon emissions from private jets are significantly worse than any other form of transportation.

One of the most popular models for example, the Cessna Citation XLS, burns 189 gallons (857 litres) of aviation fuel an hour on average.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) says 2.52kg of carbon dioxide is emitted for every litre of aviation turbine fuel burned.

Mr Musk currently travels on a 2015 Gulfstream G650, although he has ordered a new private jet for 2023, according to the Independent.


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