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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Traffic disruption: the law is intended to combat child abduction

South Africa's red tape tangle: Inside Travel

Be aware of a new law affecting young travellers, warns Simon Calder
Second best: if the Northern Lights are a no-show first time around, you get another try free

Simon Calder: The light programme with a possible repeat

The man who pays his way
A Ryanair Boeing 737 aircraft

Ryanair: Squeezing eight more on board will give passengers 'more' room, claims budget airline

Controversial CEO Michael O'Leary also promises his airline will never charge for the loo

Two easyJet airplanes on the ground

Air traffic-controllers strike: Hundreds of flights grounded across Europe

An estimated 5,000 to 6,000 passengers flying between the UK and Italy will be affected

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

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