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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Monkeying around: Victoria Falls station

Simon Calder: Monkeying around with the railways

The man who pays his way
The crash site of the MH17 flight between the two villages of Rozsypne and Hrabove

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17: Why do planes fly over war zones?

Flight MH17 pushed back from Schiphol airport in Amsterdam shortly after noon yesterday, just as the Malaysia Airlines jet had done on Thursday. The Boeing 777 crossed the Netherlands, and entered German airspace over the town of Vreden. But at that point, yesterday’s flight track deviated sharply from the previous day.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 takes off from Schiphol airport near Amsterdam

Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Travellers can change or cancel flights without fee, says airline

But applications have to be made before next Thursday

Simon Calder: Lakes & Mountains ... and passport confusion

The man who pays his way
The once-daily British Airways flight to Kiev took off as scheduled

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash: Carrier's London flights carry on, using alternative routes

Confusion had earlier surrounded British Airways once-daily flight to Kiev, which will go ahead as scheduled

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 takes off from Schiphol airport near Amsterdam

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash: Loss of the two Boeing 777 planes are 'unlikely to be linked'

Today's crash of a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur is likely to be confirmed quickly

A diagram of the seat proposals from the Airbus patent application

Short-haul squeeze: Airbus proposes moped-style seats to boost 'no frills' capacity

Patent asserts that design should boost an aircraft’s capacity by one-third

Early Heathrow flights were operating normally

Airport checks: Delays hit start of summer getaway amid security confusion

Four out of the first 10 easyJet and British Airways departures from Gatwick were delayed by up to an hour

Many anxious travellers who had learned of tougher checks have been turning up very early for their flights

Uncharged electronic devices Q&A: How UK airport security changes to smartphones and tablets will affect you

British Airways and Virgin Atlantic urge everyone to take precautions against batteries running down

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