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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Germanwings Q&A: Why would the cockpit door have been locked and would there have been no way to get in?

Simon Calder explains how flight deck door procedures work – and considers possible scenarios that led to the deaths of 155 people.

Search and rescue personnel at the crash site of the Germanwings Airbus A320 in the French Alps

Germanwings crash: Rapid drop in pressure is favoured theory so far

All pilots are trained to deal with such events

Remi Jouty, the director of the French BEA, takes questions from the media

Germanwings crash: What are the unanswered questions?

“The debris was in really tiny pieces which is not typical of an on-board explosion"

Rescue helicopters from the French Gendarmerie and the Air Force are seen in front of the French Alps during a rescue operation near to the crash site

Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps: What went wrong on doomed flight 9525?

These are the most likely theories for what caused the disaster

Germanwings crews 'unfit for service' due to emotional distress

The airline said: “Due to emotional distress, some crew members are also unfit for service today"

Rescue helicopters from the French Gendarmerie and the Air Force are seen in front of the French Alps during a rescue operation near to the crash site

Germanwings crash Q&A: Is flying more dangerous?

The risk of harm from air travel remains extraordinarily low

Eurotunnel, which runs car-carrying trains between Folkestone and Calais, has also revealed that most car drivers and passengers will not have their documents checked

Immigration exit checks will 'limit tourism and trade', say transport operators Eurotunnel

Eurotunnel, which runs trains between Folkestone and Calais, revealed that most car drivers and passengers will not have their documents checked

The CAA accused Yorkshire-based Jet2 and Wizz Air of Hungary of failing to pay out compensation

Jet2 lashes back at threat of fines unless it adheres to European compensation rules

The Civil Aviation Authority accused Jet2 of failing to pay out compensation and providing affected passengers with information about their rights

Yorkshire-based airliner Jet2 are among the companies been criticised for failing to give passengers information about their rights during disruption

Look after passengers and pay compensation for delays, airlines told

The Civil Aviation Authority has warned two airliners to pay compensation when it is due

Old favourite: arts and crafts in the Casco Vello

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This thriving fishing port in Spain's wild west is about to get a connection with Britain, says Simon Calder

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