Sikkim’s new airport to drive casino traffic

After waiting for almost a decade, Sikkim, nestled in the mountainous far north of India, finally got an airport in October, which is likely to provide a boost to gambling operators in the remote state. Sikkim is the most liberal state in India when it comes to gambling, allowing both casinos and online betting. However, its remote location has hampered growth and casino operators there have long been demanding an airport. It was the only state in the country without one. The airport at Pakyong – 33 kms from the state capital of Gangtok – was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi whose government has been pushing for the construction of Greenfield airports all over the country, especially in smaller towns, or near non-metropolitan cities. Construction on the facility has taken almost a decade, originally beginning in 2009. At 4500 feet above sea level, its scenic beauty has been widely shared...

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