Simon Calder

Simon Calder’s career in travel started at Gatwick Airport, where he cleaned aircraft for Laker Airways and later worked as a security officer. He became The Independent’s Travel Correspondent in 1994, and is known as “the Man Who Pays His Way” because he does not accept free travel facilities. He writes across the Independent titles, as well as for the Evening Standard.

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The first northbound Virgin East Coast service, the 8.45am to Aberdeen, leaves King's Cross

Virgin takes over the East Coast main line

Trainspotters and passengers will initially see little difference compared with the East Coast Trains franchise - all frontline staff are being kept on

Drift away: ferries offer an alternative to the stress of airports

10 great ferry routes: From Santander to Stornoway, ships to take you the extra nautical mile

Ireland's sunshine coast, a great day out on the Isle of Man, and no frills Portsmouth-Santander

Kuala Lumpur remains a world-class stopover city en route to Australia

Chief executive of Malaysia Airlines: The toughest job in travel?

Malaysia's national carrier has been beset by tragedy in the past year

Kim Allen, from Lytham St Anne’s in Lancashire, said: “For the airline to try to put cases on hold yet again over the same issue just seemed wrong. Hopefully it’s now time for the airlines to pay us what the law says they should.”

Airlines told they cannot keep flight-delay compensation claims on hold

'Hopefully it’s now time for the airlines to pay us what the law says they should', says Kim Allen

The Global Cabin Air Quality Executive said the only long-term solution was the bleed-free cabin design used in the Boeing 787

Aerotoxic fumes: Campaigners warn over toxic cabin air after pilot’s death

Coroner is investigating the death of a 43-year-old BA pilot Richard Westgate

Now the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, whose main economic driving force is Cancun, has decided to fall into line with the eastern US by creating Mexico’s fourth time zone

The Mexican state of Quintana Roo has just moved into a new timezone

The man who pays his way

Place to pause: linger at Seiano station in Italy

Understanding Britain's trains: Life for new arrivals is not always easy

The man who pays his way

United said that “an error a third-party software provider made when it applied an incorrect exchange rate”

United Airlines facing wave of legal claims after it cancels thousands of mistake fares

Flyers thought they had bought first class London to America tickets for just £50

Class warrior: La Compagnie chief Frantz Yvelin

La Compagnie: Can business-class-only work?

The man who pays his way

TransAsia crash: Family avoided potential death after changing seats just before plane took off

At least 32 people died when flight GE235 crashed into an elevated highway shortly after taking off from the capital, Taipei

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150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
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Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
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Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
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