The flight of their lives

In most departure lounges there will be someone sitting nervously in a corner. A few of them will leave without ever taking to the air. Tony Mallett visited Leeds Bradford Airport to find out how Virgin Atlantic Airways is helping travellers overcome a fear of flying.


On an otherwise mundane Sunday afternoon at the beginning of this year the flight information display screens at Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) displayed an unusual destination – a departure to Leeds. That short flight was the culmination of a day during which 125 people learned techniques to help overcome aviophobia – a fear of flying – an affliction that research suggests affects as many as 30% of the population.

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