Nervous flyers in the North West have welcomed the return of the British Airways Flying with Confidence course to Manchester Airport.

 It is returning to Manchester on Saturday (February 24) after an absence of six years and is almost a sell-out with just a few places remaining.

Run by British Airways Captain Steve Allright and First Officer Jai Dillon, who grew up in Ellesmere Port and Chester, the course has helped more than 50,000 people get back in the air

As well as the two pilots, psychologists, travel experts and air traffic controllers will also be on hand to answer questions and offer support during the day.

 The one-day course, which boasts a 98 per cent success rate, is designed to help those with varying degrees of fear and the course leaders say there is no level of fear that they can’t help, cure or resolve.

 The day includes sessions with the highly experienced British Airways pilots explaining the technical side of flying and common concerns such as turbulence, as well as expert advice from a clinical psychologist on relaxation techniques, and managing anxiety.  The course culminates in a 30-minute flight on a British Airways aircraft from Manchester Airport.

British Airways Captain Steve Allright, said: “We are delighted with the response to our return to Manchester and look forward to helping all these people conquer their fears and enjoy air travel once again.”

The course which featured on ITV’s “Heathrow, Britain’s Busiest Airport” costs £259 for the full day, including the charter flight on a modern British Airways Embraer 190 jet. More information can be found on or on the Facebook “Flying With Confidence” page.


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