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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Those of the 300 million Americans who want a tropical island holiday are likely to head for Cuba

Cuba-US relations: Good news for Cuban tourism – and the moment the rest of the Caribbean has been dreading

Relxation of travel restrictions will transform the tourist geography of the Caribbean, says Simon Calder

Travellers in front of the departure board at London Waterloo on December 23rd last year

Christmas getaway 2014: Bigger, earlier and longer than ever before

Exclusive: Research shows biggest crowds could be seen as early as Thursday

Passengers at Terminal 5 Heathrow are forced to queue after a computer failure closed London Airspace for several hours

Air-traffic chaos: Transport Secretary hints at compensation for 'unacceptable' failure

Patrick McLoughlin spoke to Transport Select Committee

Air traffic control problems led to cancelled and delayed flights

After the meltdown, the inquiry: 'Software glitch' which caused air travel chaos to be examined

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) says it has agreed with Nats, the air-traffic service, to establish an independent inquiry

London airspace closure was 'simply unacceptable': Nats faces political onslaught as delays and cancellations continue

Chair of Transport Select Committee vows to 'get to the bottom' of what happened on Friday afternoon

Disruption has continued for British Airways’ short-haul operation at Heathrow

Heathrow still hit by flight cancellations after air-traffic system glitch

Gatwick and Stansted are running mainly smoothly, with some minor delays and some cancellation of inbound easyJet flights to Gatwick

Overland travel: 'No slackers' – not your normal rules of the road

The man who pays his way

Overland travel: 'No slackers' – not your normal rules of the road

The man who pays his way

Passengers and airlines left furious as London airspace closes after computer error

Failure involving flight data systems reduced capacity of the system in the London airspace area to almost zero

Bus pass: the very first overland adventure, 1959

Overland travel: 'No slackers' – not your normal rules of the road

The man who pays his way

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