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Wednesday, 13 February 2013 11:52

Google wants to build its own airport

Written by Nick Farrell



Well we are high fliers you know

Search engine outfit Google is planning to build its own airport to house its growing fleet of aircraft. Apparently the outfit plans to build an $82 million facility in San Jose. Founders Larry Page, Sergey Brin and executive chairman Eric Schmidt have a fleet of eight jets and Google also has its own corporate fleet. The company kept its planes at Moffett Federal Airfield, but few are happy with the arrangement. 

Iowa Republican Senator Charles Grassley, who believes Google was getting a sweetheart deal from NASA by paying only $3.7 million a year. Schmidt said that building a company airport will provide Google with long term hangar stability and the ability to grow its flight department in Silicon Valley.

The deal would be a 50-year lease that spanned 29 acres and each private plane "would be a property tax generator." The “Googleport" will have an executive terminal, multiple hangars, ramp space, aircraft, parking lot, retail shops and even office space. In all, the new facility would generate over $3 million in rent, fuel fees and taxes.

Nick Farrell

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