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.
Germanwings Q&A: Why would the cockpit door have been locked and would there have been no way to get in?
26 March 2015 09:16 AM
Simon Calder explains how flight deck door procedures work – and considers possible scenarios that led to the deaths of 155 people.
25 March 2015 07:43 PM
All pilots are trained to deal with such events
25 March 2015 07:32 PM
“The debris was in really tiny pieces which is not typical of an on-board explosion"
25 March 2015 01:50 PM
These are the most likely theories for what caused the disaster
25 March 2015 01:11 PM
The airline said: “Due to emotional distress, some crew members are also unfit for service today"
24 March 2015 06:55 PM
The risk of harm from air travel remains extraordinarily low
22 March 2015 06:13 PM
Eurotunnel, which runs trains between Folkestone and Calais, revealed that most car drivers and passengers will not have their documents checked
22 March 2015 01:27 PM
The Civil Aviation Authority accused Jet2 of failing to pay out compensation and providing affected passengers with information about their rights
21 March 2015 05:54 PM
The Civil Aviation Authority has warned two airliners to pay compensation when it is due
20 March 2015 11:30 AM
This thriving fishing port in Spain's wild west is about to get a connection with Britain, says Simon Calder
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
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- 4 Baby rescued 1km out to sea after parents forgot about her
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