Professional antique buyers and private collectors in the United States now have an alternative and cost effective gateway when planning their buying visits to Great Britain since Continental Airlines commenced daily direct flights from New York to Bristol International Airport.
Bristol International Airport (BIA) is centrally located to hundreds of West Country antiques businesses and places major sources of the Cotswolds, Bath, Hungerford, Honiton, the Welsh Borders and South Wales all within easy reach. Together with an established infrastructure of local supporting services, from a complete range of accommodation to car and goods vehicle hire, nearby shipping services and Continental's own cargo agents based at BIA, ensures that the US antiques buyer has every facility that is necessary at their disposal to ensure a smooth and stress free West Country antiques buying visit.
The daily flights from New York are not only limited to it’s immediate catchment area as Continental operates extensive domestic services from across the USA which link to their hub at New York/Newark. And with convenient departure times, 20.55 from Newark arriving Bristol 08.55 the next day, allows the visitor to achieve almost a full day's business immediately on arrival in the UK. Similarly, there is no wasted time for the return flights as the visitor can also get in another full day before departure back to the States, with the aircraft leaving Bristol at 11.10 each morning.
For most professional US antiques buyers, a cost effective buying trip to Great Britain that maximises time to the full is essential, and the West Country offers all the right factors for them to achieve a positive result every time. Firstly, to help the visitor get off to an excellent start the comparatively congestion free BIA usually allows that the visitor will be on the road as quickly as possible. Indeed, with the close location of some sources it is quite possible that buyers could certainly get down to business within an hour or so of collecting their baggage from the aircraft.
The area, to which BIA is central, stretches for about 80 miles in all directions. Within about two hours or so, US buyers will have at their disposal what is possibly the most concentrated and varied source of quality antiques services that Britain has to offer and presenting them with little, if any need to venture beyond it’s parameters. For example, the Cotswolds, which apart from it's outstanding natural beauty is home to dozens of reputable antiques specialists in the beautiful Olde Worlde towns of Tetbury, Stow on the Wold, Moreton in Marsh, Chipping Camden, and Burford to name just a few.
Similarly, in a little over an hour from the airport in a southerly direction is the small market town of Honiton, Devon where the visitor will find a varied selection of no less than 29 antique dealers, with many others to be found in nearby villages, thereby extending the region southerly past Exeter and south easterly into