easyJet, one of UK’s leading airlines, has announced the launch of seven new ‘Fearless Flyer’ courses across the UK to help nervous travellers overcome their fear of flying.
The courses are hosted by phobia expert Lawrence Leyton, star of Channel 4’s ‘Fear of Flying’, along with a senior easyJet pilot, who together explain how an aircraft works, dispel common flying myths and teach the participants a unique set of ‘mind tools’ to manage their fear, the airline said.
Starting Autumn 2014, easyJet’s Fearless Flyer course will be run at Gatwick (Sept 20-21), Belfast (Oct 10-11), Luton (Oct 18-19), Edinburgh (November 1-2), Manchester (Nov 7-8), Bristol (Nov 14-15) and Stansted (Nov 21-22). On the second day participants travel onboard a special easyJet flight to test what they learnt, with a full commentary in the air from the captain.
Peter Duffy, easyJet’s Group Commercial Director, commented: ‘We’re delighted to launch a new set of dates for the Fearless Flyer courses following its huge success over the past year and a half. The techniques and advice that participants are taught on the course are long-lasting and work for all levels of anxiety and fear – whether you’re a first-time flyer, an extreme phobic or whether you experience general anxiety and apprehension.’
‘We know that a fear of flying can really affect your life and stops many from holidaying abroad, visiting family and travelling on business trips. With a 95% success rate on our courses we’re really looking forward to helping more people transform their lives.’
Mark Wein, Director of FOF Events which organise the fearless flyer courses, said: ‘Our spring series of Fearless Flyer was a phenomenal success with sell out courses and a near perfect success rate. We’ve therefore added additional dates for the rest of the year to cater for the increase in demand we are now experiencing.’
The latest course comes as the airline celebrates helping more than 1,000 people to manage their fear of flying since launching the course in late 2012.
easyJet’s Fearless Flyer course is offered at £189, and participants may invite a companion with them on the flight if they wish, for £69.