EasyJet is once again running its “Fearless Flyer” courses for passengers this winter, as well as organising “AirCraft” autumn holiday activities for children.
Returning from 12 November to 29 January, the “Fearless Flyer” course is aimed at “helping nervous flyers take control and overcome their fears”. Customers have a choice of nine airports around the UK to book their experience flight: Manchester, London Luton, London Gatwick, Bristol, Belfast International and Edinburgh, as well as returning to Glasgow, Liverpool and Birmingham for the first time since the pandemic.
According to EasyJet, one of the main operators at Gibraltar International Airport, “Over the last 10 years, the course, which has helped more than 10,000 phobics to date, continues to be one of the best-priced aerophobia courses in the UK, starting at just £89 per person.”
The course is divided into three main parts:
- A virtual ground course, where top phobia expert Lawrence Leyton and a senior EasyJet captain explain the unfamiliar sounds and sensations customers feel onboard an aircraft and teach them a set of mind techniques to manage their nerves.
- A pre-flight one-hour “Meet the Team” online Zoom session, where participants are walked through the airport experience and what to expect.
- A special one-hour experience flight from the course airport, where customers put their new skills to the test while listening to a live commentary of the flight from the “Fearless Flyer” team.
Added Mark Wein, EasyJet’s “Fearless Flyer” course director, “Around one in six people have a fear of flying, stopping many from travelling abroad on holiday, visiting friends and family or even flying for work, so why wait to join so many who have already overcome their fears through our renowned ‘Fearless Flyer’ course? We’re excited to help many more people get flying fearlessly on our courses over the coming months – the results are truly life-changing.”
The courses are available at fearlessflyer.easyjet.com.
Arts and Crafts for Children
EasyJet has also launched “AirCraft”, a new arts and craft initiative designed to encourage children to become creative on board flights during their autumn school holidays. Creative kits including pencils and drawing sheets will be onboard flights from the UK until the end of October.
The new campaign is being spearheaded by Art Attack children’s TV presenter and co-creator Neil Buchanan, who has been announced as EasyJet’s “artist in residence”. As part of his residency, Buchanan has also recorded how-to video tutorials for children, providing top tips on how to draw and use their imagination to create their own travel-inspired artwork.
According to EasyJet, the “AirCraft” initiative was launched following new research by the airline which showed that British children craved more opportunities to get creative in their free time.
“It’s been a blast getting my sweater back on to be EasyJet’s artist in residence for this campaign,” said Neil Buchanan. ”Art is fundamental for kids, and what better way to get your creative juices flowing than when you’re jetting off on holiday? I can’t wait to see the amazing art that everyone creates on board.”
“We’re always looking at ways to make travel easy and enjoyable for families when they fly on their holidays with us,” said chief customer officer Robert Birge, “so we’re delighted to be providing arty activities onboard and at the airport to encourage kids to get crafty this autumn. We’ve loved having Neil as our artist in residence to help bring the joy of creativity as well as all of its wider benefits to our younger flyers.”