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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Simon Calder: New legal ruling spells trouble for airlines

The man who pays his way
Away from it all: the new Woburn Forest Center Parcs

Center Parcs: 'If the kids are happy, we're happy'

For high-end short breaks, it seems we can't get enough of Center Parcs. As a new outpost opens in Bedfordshire, Simon Calder explains the resorts' unique brand of fun
A Monarch Airlines stewardess going through a pre-flight safety demonstration

Airline hails success of 'zero-tolerance' approach to misbehaviour on flights to Ibiza

A leading British airline has halved the incidence of unruly passengers on flights to Ibiza by working with police and airport staff on a “zero-tolerance” approach to misbehaviour.

Aviation community demands action on alcohol to combat increase in 'air rage'

“In a small metal tube 12,000 metres above the Earth no-one can help you,” said Martina Benkova, a Slovakian flight attendant who is now training crew in dealing with disruptive travellers. She was opening Dispax World, a conference held at Heathrow aimed at reducing the risks from unruly passengers – and crew.

The Dispax World conference was told of five suspected or confirmed cases of suicide by pilots of commercial aircraft in the past 20 years

Calls for better assessment of flight crews' mental health in wake of the disappearance of flight MH370

Experts also say more attention must be paid to the behaviour of airline employees, airport workers and passengers to improve security

Mark Carne is the new chief executive of Network Rail

New Network Rail boss Mark Carne hits train delay en route to grilling by politicians over high costs

Mr Carne said that last year 1.6 billion people travelled by rail in Britain, double the number that travelled during 1995-6

Simon Calder: Not everyone agrees missing flights is an art

The man who pays his way

48 Hours in: Hong Kong

Watch Simon Calder uncover the fascinating Chinese city-state

Passengers walk around the shops and restaurants in the new Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport

Heathrow's Terminal 2 opens: New dawn begins with a cancelled train, but the first departure leaves on time

Passengers impressed with airport's 'beautiful' and 'modern' addition to Europe's busiest airport

Exclusive video interview: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is on first flight out of Heathrow Terminal 2

Simon Calder meets the internet entrepreneur at the newly-opened facility

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