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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Greek gifts: holidays cost less

Will the economic crisis in Greece affect fuel for airlines, taxis, ferries and coaches?

While life is very tough for the Greeks, for travellers it's another good summer

An artist’s impression of the Airbus Concept Plane, which would use plastics instead of aluminium

Are plastic planes the future of flight? Heathrow expansion reopens debate over aviation's effects on the environment

Manufacturers are drawing up blueprints to make their aircraft greener

Statuesque: Grand Place is one of two central squares

Lille travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

This northern French city has a stunning modernist mansion on its outskirts to complement its atmospheric Flemish old town. Simon Calder makes a return trip

Landing rights: if Heathrow gets a third runway, other people could get less sleep

Heathrow aircraft noise and why a drop in demand for air travel is unlikely

Simon Calder: The man who pays his way

The third runway could be operating by 2026

Heathrow Airport expansion: Nine things you need to know

Simon Calder brings the essential questions and answers on the airport expansion plans

Heathrow Airport expansion: Furious row erupts between Boris Johnson and Sir Howard Davies over plans

Boris Johnson told the Today programme that legal challenges would prevent the runway ever being built

French air-traffic controllers previously went on a two-day strike in April

French air-traffic controllers strike Q&A: Here is what you need to know about the latest industrial action

Union angry about everything from retirement age to 'gradual deterioration of conditions of air traffic controllers'

Air India

No need to get an Indian visa for a four-hour stopover

There are advantages to being able to enter the country where you are changing planes

A Tunisian security member stands next to a swimming pool at the resort town of Sousse following a shooting attack

Two massacres in three months… so why does the Foreign Office insist Tunisia is no more dangerous than Spain or the Dordogne?

Even after two massacres of tourists to Tunisia, the latest Foreign Office advice stops short of putting it on the government’s holiday blacklist

Peter Long, left, joint chief executive of the TUI Group, and Nick Longman, managing director of the TUI Group made a statement to the media on Saturday

Tunisia beach attack: Anger at tour operator's cancellation policy for British travellers

Tui is imposing normal cancellation conditions for trips from August onwards

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