You should be careful not to confuse aerophobia with phobias triggered by other situations that involve anxiety, such as those of enclosed spaces, places you can’t easily escape from, or even the fear of heights.
Aerophobia - fear of flying - often means giving up plans, friendships, or maintaining physical ties, all because of the anxiety caused by both the flight and the preparation leading up to it. But it doesn't have to be that way.
Anxiety is an overreaction by the body to a potentially stressful situation, and it can be a physiological response that can be quite intense, and come to affect the actions of fearful flyers. If this includes you, here's why and here's how to manage it.