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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Emirates will fly Boeing 777-200LR aircraft on the route

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Holidaymakers shopping at Heathrow terminal 5

VAT Man: airports should hand back the discounts

Simon Calder: the man who pays his way

Airport passengers shopping at Heathrow terminal 5

Campaign to end 'sunscreen scam' at airport shops grows as pressure builds on stores to hand tax breaks back to passengers

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The man who pays his way

French gendarmes and police inspect a large piece of plane debris which was found on the beach in Saint-Andre, on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, in this picture taken July 29, 2015. Investigators in France have ascertained that the barnacle-covered debris, a 2-2.5 metre (6.5-8 feet) wing surface known as a flaperon, belonged to Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 just days after Malaysia identified it as being part of the same model, a Boeing 777. Picture taken July 29, 2015.

MH370 Q&A: How did the flaperon reach Reunion? And when and where will more wreckage show up?

For 16 months no trace of the Malaysia Airlines plane was found

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Shortly after the disappearance of MH370, a number of suspects were questioned by Malaysia’s counter-terrorist force

MH370: Could terrorists have hijacked Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777?

French deputy public prosecutor says terrorism is being actively investigated

MH370: Malaysian PM confirms to relatives that loved ones perished in the Indian Ocean

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