A British airline has pledged to cure passengers who are afraid of flying or refund their air fare.

Virgin Atlantic customers who booked a flight on January 9 were offered a free place on its Flying Without Fear course, MailOnline Travel reports.

The money they spent on their plane ticket will be returned if they are not cured in time for their trip.

Nearly one in six people in the UK have a fear of flying, according to market research firm YouGov.

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Shai Weiss, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic, said: "We want everyone to be able to say "screw it, let's do it" and try something different, fly somewhere new."