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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French air-traffic strike: Seven more days of strikes planned

Members of the SNCTA union are striking in protest against proposals to raise their retirement age from 57 to 59, and moves to rationalise European airspace

Strike threat: 'Air France roulette' has odds almost as bleak as the Russian variety

French air-traffic strike: A formidable power to disrupt

A danger for Air France is that British passengers will rationally decide to fly with a different airline

Air France, the worst affected airline, refuses to reveal how many flights it has cancelled, but says all long-haul services on 9 April - believed to number 67 - are operating

French air-traffic strike: Passengers' anger increases at the scale of disruption

The 48-hour strike is in protest against government plans to increase the retirement age from 57 to 59, and wider restructuring plans

Cancelled flights on the departure board at Birmigham Airport at the height of the crisis

French air-traffic controllers strike: Air travel chaos to worsen

Members of the SNCTA union are stopping work in a dispute over restructuring and retirement arrangements

Mons Memorial Museum in Belgium

The Mons Memorial Museum, Belgium: A tribute to the fallen and the future

The Mons Memorial Museum, documenting war’s human toll, opens this weekend. Simon Calder explores its poignant collection

Cancelled flights on the departure board at Birmigham Airport at the height of the crisis

French air-traffic controllers strike Q&A: When is the strike and which travellers will be affected?

British travellers potentially face delays and disruptions while returning home from Easter holidays this week

French air traffic strike has grounded 200 flights to and from the UK, with many other passengers hit by delays of up to seven hours

Easter holidays: French air-traffic controllers' strike threatens British families' return to the UK

Every day thousands of people are booked to travel through France's capital

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All BA early BA flights to Rome are sold out

Easter travel: Last-minute breaks unlikely as options for leaving Britain close to selling out

Seats to key cities are few and far between with British Airways early departures to Rome sold out

Party leaders keen to return to Westminster after last night’s televised debate felt the frustration

Easter 2015: Train travel disruptions hits the party leaders

The gap in normal train service is caused by Network Rail carrying out work in the Watford Junction area

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