Heathrow is getting ready for more international connections, but are you?

The news that Heathrow Airport has (probably!) got the go ahead to build a third run way and calls from some business leaders for further run ways to be built in the London area shows how much air travel is growing. There is expected to be an additional ¼ million more flights a year, with 40 new long haul destinations once the new runway is built.

The demand for more flights comes from both leisure and business travellers. Holidays abroad are becoming increasingly common, with many people taking more than one holiday abroad per year, while travel abroad for business is also increasing. Brexit, it is suggested, will increase the U.K.’s worldwide trade too, working with more international companies with bases across the globe.

But it’s not just international companies that require professionals to fly. Many companies have offices and sites across the UK for which air travel can be the quickest and cost effective way to get from A to B.

Many job descriptions now ask for a willingness to travel, and progression in companies may mean overseeing work at several locations. If such requirements put you off applying for jobs and promotions, you probably have a problem that could benefit from being tackled, to help you further your career goals.

If you are anxious about flying you may turn down opportunities to present at or attend large conferences or seminars. Even if you do decide to go, being a nervous flyer can leave you exhausted. Sleepless nights worrying about the flight followed by the inability to relax can mean you feel you don’t perform at your best. Some people may turn to medication to help them relax on the journey, but this is not always the most effective solution. If your performance does suffer, you can then become more worried about similar future events.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can teach techniques to challenge the thought processes and change behaviour, resulting in increased confidence about flying, and enabling you to focus on work and reach your true potential.