Flying Without Fear course comes to Leeds Bradford Airport

Virgin Atlantic are running a full day course at Leeds Bradford Airport in order to help travellers beat their fear of travelling by plane. The company’s Flying Without Fear programme includes a real flight on a commercial aircraft, lasting about 45 minutes. The course looks to take an informative approach with practical activities, focusing around flying facts and developing methods to help passengers keep calm before a journey.

Aviation Development Director for Leeds Bradford Airport, Tony Hallwood said:

“It’s fantastic to see this course return to LBA again in 2017 and we are proud to be working with Virgin Atlantic to ensure that everyone has a successful day. Our operations team will look forward to welcoming all of the course attendees so they have the best experience possible. “One of our customer service team members, who is afraid of flying, will also be on the course. She will use the knowledge she learns on the day in her job – reassuring passengers travelling through LBA who may be anxious ahead of their flight.”

The course is not only attracting members of the public; a member of the Leeds Bradford Airport staff has booked herself into the February courses to beat her phobia of flying.

The ‘Flying Without Fear’ course has been running since 1997, and its highly acclaimed status amplifies the fact that it’s the best course available in the aviation industry helping 2-3,000 people every year. The course so far has helped men and women from the age of 4 all the way to the age of 87, with an impressive 98% success rate! Severity of phobias that have been aided range from mild anxiety cases to full phobia.

Richard Conway, Director of Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Without Fear programme, said: “We are delighted to be able to bring another one of our Virgin Atlantic Flying Without Fear courses to Leeds Bradford Airport. Leeds is such a fantastic location and our past courses have always been well received.”

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