airlinesfear of flyingflyingInsureandgotipstravel insurance New data from a survey of an independent, nationally representative panel of 1000 Australian adults who have travelled in the last six months, commissioned by InsureandGo has found an increase in the fear of flying for over half of the surveyed participants, with 59% of under 30s afraid of flying, and that anxiety is growing. Despite statistics suggesting that air travel has become measurably safer over the past three decades, 37 per cent of Aussies who admitted to having fears about flying experienced anxiety when taking off, landing or due to turbulence. For 56 per cent of Aussies who fear flying, the fear has increased in the last five years, which contradicts a decrease in the risks posed by flying over the same period.The survey results found that the younger the traveller, the more likely they are to fear flying internationally, with 17 per cent of under 30s declaring their fear, followed by 17% of those in their 30s, 9 per cent of 40-49 year olds, 6 per cent of those aged 50-59, and only 4 per cent of over 60s.However, the results show at least half of respondents, regardless of age group, reported they have come to fear flying more now than they did five years ago. Fear of flying has increased for 50 per cent of under 30s, 70 per cent of 30-39 year olds, 58 per cent of those in their 40s, and 51 per cent of those over 50 years old.“While the findings reveal a large proportion of Aussies, particularly young people, fear flying, flight-related accidents are a rare occurrence. When accidents do occur, however, they are widely reported and gain a great deal of media attention, which can contribute to travellers’ heightened fear,” explained InsureandGo spokesperson, Jonathan Etkind.Which planes do we fear the most?The survey respondents were asked which types of planes they fear flying with the most. Surprisingly, there was negligible difference between the proportion of travellers who fear flying on small planes and large planes. Among travellers who fear flying, just over one in three (35 per cent) fear small planes with exposed double propellers used for regional flights. Thirty-one (31) per cent fear flying most on medium sized passenger aeroplanes, normally used for domestic flights. Thirty-three (33) per cent most fear large passenger aircraft, like those used for international flights, such as the Boeing 747 or Airbus A380s.What causes our fears?The estimated worldwide air traffic last year was 37.8 million flights, with the accident rate being one fatal accident per 2.52 million flights. Despite these statistics, when accidents do occur, they are widely reported and gain a great deal of media attention, and this is reflected in the findings. Hearing news of plane accidents heightened the fear of flying among 39 per cent of respondents – and 56 per cent of under-30s respondents. In contrast, 73 per cent of over-60s and 66 per cent of those in their 50s weren’t affected by such news.