City of El Paso approves indoor skydiving facility

I-Fly could be coming to west El Paso. Credit: I-Fly

The City of El Paso approved the development of iFly an indoor skydiving facility on Tuesday's council meeting.

The vote was 5 to 2. City representatives Dr. Michiel Noe and Alexsandra Annello voted no.

iFly allows people to experience the feeling of skydiving without having to jump off a plane. Flyers experience the simulation of a free fall in a vertical wind tunnel.

According to the agenda, the El Paso facility would be built in west El Paso.

“This is an exciting time for El Paso. The past few years we have been strategically working on tourism destination,” City Manager Tommy Gonzalez said. “Attracting entertainment and destination retail companies, such as TopGolf and now iFly, which appeal to our residents and visitors shows we are achieving that vision. We are strengthening our economic base, which is essential to providing relief to our residential taxpayers.”

The City’s incentive package for iFly provides $162,863 in sales tax rebates over a 3-year period in exchange for the company’s approximately $12 million investment in El Paso.

The company will create 30 jobs when it opens at Montecillo in 2019.

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