Virgin Atlantic has launched a partnership with Lovefly to help travellers overcome their fear of flying.

The collaboration gives customers access to both face-to-face and webinar courses, 30-day self-help programmes, a private support group on Facebook, free e-book Helping You To Overcome Fear of Flying, and a free podcast available on multiple platforms including Spotify and Apple.

The latter includes episodes featuring Virgin Atlantic pilots, cabin crew and special assistance guests as well as air traffic controllers and tips from former nervous flyers, psychologists and coaches.

Corneel Koster, chief customer and operating officer at Virgin Atlantic, explains:

“We’re thrilled to partner with Lovefly and offer an incredible opportunity to help anyone overcome their fears and take to the skies, preferably with Virgin Atlantic of course.

“Paul is the UK’s lead in the field of flying phobia and has helped over 30,000 reluctant flyers over the years. He knows our industry so well, having himself worked for Virgin Atlantic in the past making him perfectly placed to assist anyone who is fearful to take to the skies.

“Working alongside him are some of our people. Our fantastic pilots and cabin crew volunteer for Lovefly, using their expertise and reassuring knowledge to help travellers conquer their nerves and take on the world.”

Paul Tizzard, co-founder of Lovefly, said:

“No-one is born with a fear of flying, but once the fear takes hold it can be hard to overcome and can interfere with life, not just in leisure but also in business opportunities.”

“However, if there is one thing I have learned after 25 years of helping nervous flyers, it is that anyone can beat their fear, at the right time and with the right help, to grasp every opportunity available to them.”

“We are delighted to be able to collaborate with Virgin Atlantic and offer our skills to assist people with the phobia, as they learn to thrive and truly overcome these obstacles.”

Lovefly Limited was co-founded October 2019 by Paul Tizzard, who previously ran Virgin Atlantic’s ‘flying without fear’ programme from 1996 until 2018. The company is based in London and Toronto. ;