Brussels Airlines pilots and psychotherapists treat aviophobia

Brussels Airlines pilots and psychotherapists treat aviophobia

At the start of the autumn holidays, many guests choose to fly to their destination. Still, a significant number of people suffer from fear of flying to some degree. Fortunately, fear of flying is one of the most treatable phobias. Brussels Airlines offers a course, teaching how to cope with aviophobia, and it has a success rate of more than 80%.  

Many people who are afraid to fly avoid traveling by air but for others who need to travel for work or have plans for a holiday far from home flying is inevitable. Besides that, the number of passengers travelling by air is only growing. Therefore, Brussels Airlines offers a two-day course, teaching participants techniques in order to cope with their fears and to feel comfortable during their journey by plane. The course is given by Psychotherapists of The Human Link in cooperation with Brussels Airlines pilots and flight attendant Jan Verbeke. More than 80% of those who take the course overcome their fears and board a plane again after.

The fear of flying therapy was created by Brussels Airlines, the University of Ghent and Brussels Airport  and offers the best possible chances of success. The treatment includes a theoretical day and a flying day. With courses about fear and about flying and with a visit of an actual plane, pilots and professional therapists make everything visual and tangible. During the second day of the course, participants take two flights to put everything they have learned into practice, under the supervision of the psychotherapists and therefore trained cabin crew. During both flights, participants practice the different techniques they have learned during the theoretical course and the therapists challenge them to confront their fear.

“Helping someone overcome their fear gives me a wonderful feeling. By shedding light on the technical aspects of flying, I try to rationalize their fear. I want participants to feel confident in the air and make them enjoy flying.”

  • Luc Michiels, A320 captain


“The fight with anxiety is one you always loose. That is why we will never teach anyone how to fight their fears, but instead we teach participants how to cope with their fears, and be comfortable with them. The most important message is that it is OK to be afraid.”

  • Barbara Depreeuw, Psychotherapist at the Human Link


Since 2006, Brussels Airlines organizes the Fear of Flying course. Find more information and register to the course on

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Brussels Airlines is Belgium's national airline, connecting the capital of Europe to more than 70 destinations, whereof 15 in Africa, the continent that Brussels Airlines carries closes to its heart. Moreover, Brussels Airlines offers 60 destinations in Europe, 2 in North America and Tel Aviv. The company employs 3,100 employees and operates 38 aircraft.

In view of the global coronavirus pandemic, Brussels Airlines has committed itself to the strictest health safety measures in aviation worldwide, following the recommendations of EASA (European Air Safety Agency). Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, the Belgian airline operates an adapted flight schedule that is based on market demand and that takes into account the travel restrictions of the different authorities.

Thanks to its no-compromise positioning, Brussels Airlines combines competitive all-flexible fares with  the highest service quality. With yearly changing Belgian Star Chefs, its wide offer of Belgian food and drinks and the five Belgian Icons, Brussels Airlines is acting as a real ambassador of its country, bringing the world to Belgium and the best of Belgium to the world.

Creating over 40.000 direct and indirect jobs, Brussels Airlines plays an important role in the Belgian economy and is part of Belgium's second largest economic engine: its hub at Brussels Airport. In 2019, the airline transported over 10 million passengers to, from and via Brussels Airport.

Brussels Airlines offers cargo capacity on all its flights, commercialized by Lufthansa Cargo. The airline also handles the daily maintenance of its aircraft fleet.

Brussels Airlines is one of the four Lufthansa Group network airlines (Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss) and member of Star Alliance. The company was founded in 2002 and is 100% owned by Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

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