In upstate New York, Stewart International Airport near the town of Newburgh is reportedly in negotiations with an unnamed firm about the possibility of transforming the 1,552-acre facility into an aviation hub for Asian gamblers wishing to visit the coming Resorts World Catskills.
According to a report from the Mid-Hudson News Network, the revelation came from Ed Harrison, manager for the Orange County airport located approximately 60 miles north of New York City, as the two-runway facility is already capable of accommodating large jet aircraft such as the Boeing 737, Airbus A320 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
“With potential Dreamliners that want to be based here and fly in folks from Asia to go to the casino,” Harrison told the Mid-Hudson News Network. “I think they are talking about marketing this five-star resort that is being developed a half hour from the airport with an indoor water park, a golf course and all these other amenities; it’s really not just a casino. It is a resort destination that is going to have an impact on us and folks who want to visit around here.”
Due to open in March approximately 45 miles from Stewart International Airport on the outskirts of the small Catskill Mountains village of Monticello, Resorts World Catskills will reportedly offer a 100,000 sq ft casino featuring some 2,150 slots as well as 102 gaming tables. There will also be a VIP lounge set to include an upscale food and beverage selection, eight high-stake tables and 26 high-denomination slots as well as six private gaming salons and an exclusive gaming cage all serviced by butlers.
Formerly known as the Montreign Resort Casino until owner Empire Resorts Incorporated inked a naming rights deal with Asian gambling giant Genting Group in May, the 332-room development on 1,700 acres of land next to Kiamesha Lake is to moreover offer a Rees Jones 18-hole golf course alongside an indoor water park while an “entertainment village” is to feature dining, performance and retail outlets from late-2018.
The Mid-Hudson News Network additionally reported that the possibility of being able to fly Asian gamblers to Stewart International Airport, which is currently utilized by low-cost regional carriers such as Allegiant Air, American Eagle and JetBlue as well as international service Norwegian Air International, could moreover help Genting Group’s other area gambling facility, Resorts World Casino New York City.