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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The grounded Malaysia Airlines flight seen from the runway by local news reporters (credit: Yasmin Paton/ Twitter)

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What happens if it leaves the eurozone?

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Madeira: is this Europe's toughest runway?

'Cat C' airports present airline pilots with a challenge they relish, says Simon Calder

P&O ferry Pride of Calais arrives at the Calais' harbour, northern France, on January 2, 2012, with the white cliffs of Dover in the background. Acquired by Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation of Dubai in March 2006, the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company, more commonly known as the P&O, is one of the largest shipping companies in the world.

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Operation to remove two Second World War German mines found on a beach near the port means that the channel crossings will be delayed

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The Mallorcan resort has become notorious for attracting drunken Brits

Seasons greetings: the award to Qatar of the 2022 World Cup could disrupt Christmas and New Year travel

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The man who pays his way

Easyjet mix-up sees elderly woman sent to Malta by mistake - while her luggage flies to Athens

Exclusive: Ground staff allowed the woman aboard the Airbus jet heading to Malta even though her boarding pass showed a different destination

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