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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Open skies: a new view from Terminal 4

Simon Calder: Why squander slots on the shortest hops?

The man who pays his way
An artist’s impression of how a four-runway airport at the Thames Estuary may look

Boris Island: No end in sight to the London airport debate

And then there were two. “Boris Island” is dead, despite the best efforts of the Mayor of London to revive the corpse of London’s estuary airport after Sir Howard Davies administered a lethal injection of economic and environmental sense. His Airports Commission will, after the next election, choose between Heathrow and Gatwick as the location for a new runway to be built in the next 15 years.

South Africa's new travel rules: From October, families with under-18s will need to show their birth certificates

Airlines serving South Africa call the new rule “a tourism, PR, economic and political disaster”

Look east: Shanghai is new to BA's 3 network

Simon Calder: Places that have fallen from the map of the sky

The man who pays his way
The Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland

Air travel disrupted by fresh volcano threats in Iceland and Papua New Guinea

The restless earth is once again toying with travel plans, as Iceland issued two more red alerts warning of an imminent eruption and a Papua New Guinea volcano disrupted southern-hemisphere aviation.

Students heading off to 'charity challenge' grounded at Gatwick after travel firm goes bust

Students were due to fly to Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro to raise money for charity

Icelandic volcano: is this 2010 all over again, and what rights do you have if it is?

Rumblings under the Bárðarbunga volcano could be signs that an eruption is imminent — but what does it mean for flights and insurance if it disrupts air travel?

48 hours in Bern

Switzerland’s graceful capital comes back to life in late summer, and promises a fascinating weekend in fine surroundings

Will Ed Miliband promise to freeze rail fares?

Rail fare rises are a legacy of decades of underinvestment

Barely had the rail fare increase for England and Wales next year been revealed, than a pro-public transport pressure group rushed out a news release condemning the rises.

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A nostalgic wander through the sets, studios and ghosts of programmes past
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Pack up your troubles: 10 best rucksacks for backpackers

Off on an intrepid trip? Experts from student trip specialists Real Gap and Quest Overseas recommend luggage for travellers on the move
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The politics of the weekly shop

New app reveals political leanings of food companies
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Beam me up, Scottie!

Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
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Beware Wet Paint

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Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
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Sanctuary for the suicidal

One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
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Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
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London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
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Despite PR disaster of free U2 album