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.
AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash: Airlines had been warned about over-reliance on automation 16 months ago
31 December 2014 04:31 PM
Report from US safety regulators expressed 'concerns about degradation of pilot knowledge and skills'
30 December 2014 08:51 PM
Simon Calder answers the questions raised by the drama played out in the skies above Gatwick airport
30 December 2014 04:14 PM
Will evidence lend weight to possibility that pilots lost control when they encountered fast-evolving tropical storm?
Missing AirAsia flight QZ8501: Anger grows over flight tracking lessons not learnt as Indonesian authorities conclude the plane is on the seabed
29 December 2014 06:42 PM
Authorities in Indonesia admit that flight QZ8501 is likely to have sunk to the bottom of the Java Sea. Now some are again questioning the effectiveness of modern flight tracking
Virgin Atlantic Flight VS43: Gatwick in chaos after emergency plane landing disrupts more than 10,000 travellers
29 December 2014 05:41 PM
The Boeing 747, flying to Las Vegas, was forced into a 'non-standard landing procedure' after flight crew discovered a problem with the landing gear
Virgin Atlantic flight VS43 lands safely in 'non-standard' landing at Gatwick after faulty undercarriage discovered
29 December 2014 03:27 PM
Boeing 747 was due to travel from Gatwick to Las Vegas
28 December 2014 08:32 PM
Frantic scenes at airport as relatives are told plane is missing, while British-Malaysian owner of airline describes incident as 'his worst nightmare'
28 December 2014 06:24 PM
The fact that the three worst disasters of 2014 befell airlines based in Malaysia is nothing more than awful coincidence
Norman Atlantic ferry fire Q and A: What has happened to the vessel, and what do we know about its evacuation?
28 December 2014 11:41 AM
Simon Calder Q&A: What is the vessel, and what do we know about it?
AirAsia flight QZ8501 missing: Q&A - what is known about the flight and what possible causes will be investigated?
28 December 2014 07:09 AM
The aircraft is the third belonging to airlines based in Malaysia that has been lost in 2014. Is that significant?
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
- 1 End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
- 2 This restaurant has misunderstood the concept of 'cheese and biscuits'
- 3 Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face death penalty
- 4 Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
- 5 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet