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easyJet launches fear of flying course in Belfast

Published: 11 December 2013

easyJet, the UK’s largest airline, has put on sale six new Fearless Flyer courses to help nervous travellers across Britain overcome their phobia – including their first ever course in Northern Ireland.

From spring 2014 the ‘Fearless flyer’ courses, which at £189 per person are amongst the most affordable in the UK, will return to Manchester, Bristol, Gatwick, Stansted and Luton airports and take place at Belfast International for the first time.

The two-part programme is led by top phobia expert Lawrence Leyton, from Channel 4's "Fear of Flying", and a senior easyJet pilot. Together they explain how an aircraft works, dispel myths and misconceptions and help participants manage their phobia.

The next day participants put theory into practice by travelling onboard a state of the art easyJet aircraft. The flight has a dedicated crew with the added benefit of an additional captain in the cabin giving a full commentary for the entire journey.

With over 95% of participants taking to the skies the course has been life-changing for hundreds of people since its launch last year. In many cases it has enabled participants to go on long awaited family holidays overseas, visit distant relatives or go on business trips for the first time.

Peter Duffy, easyJet's Customer Director commented:

"We're extremely pleased to be partnering with Lawrence and the team for a further series of Fearless Flyer
courses. The techniques and advice the participants receive genuinely work for all levels of nervousness. From those who are extreme phobics and petrified of setting foot on a plane to passengers who experience general anxiety or need
reassurance about the mechanics of flying. We know that the course make a real difference and enables passengers to overcome their phobia."

Mark Wein, Director of FOF Events commented:

"We're delighted to be working with easyJet on the highly successful Fearless Flyer project. As a former
phobic myself, I appreciate more than most how debilitating a fear of flying can be and the anxiety that it can cause. That's why we've designed the course in such a way to ensure that the process to becoming a fearless flyer is totally stress free and also highly entertaining."

easyJet's Fearless Flyer course costs just £189 including the Experience flight and participants can invite a companion with them on the flight if they wish for just £69.

To book a place on one of easyJet's Fearless Flyer courses please visit fearlessflyer.easyjet.com.

Many suffer from a fear of flying with the level of apprehension and anxiety experienced varying from nervous flyers who find it difficult to relax onboard, to those who can no longer fly due to their fear, or others who have never flown at all. easyJet has teamed up with FOF Events, headed by industry experts, to offer the ‘Fearless Flyer' course to enable fearful participants to board an aircraft confidently and begin their transformation from nervous passengers to fearless flyers.

The fear of flying course takes place in Belfast on Saturday 15th March 2014 with the experience flight taking place on Sunday 16th March 2014

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