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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Plane sailing? It's business as usual for Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines flight to Australia: Do you have any advice regarding my booking?

There is no expectation that the airline will close down - expect an announcement on the airline's future early in September

Lille Europe is a key transfer point for travellers from elsewhere in France. File photo

Eurostar closure: Dispatches from Lille Europe station, where travellers have been left stranded

The station is a key transfer point for travellers from elsewhere in France

An information board at St. Pancras station shows cancelled Eurostar services

Eurostar closure: Options for travellers making trip between England and France

The cross-Channel train operator cancelled 25 trains on Tuesday afternoon

Layers of history: the Cagliari cityscape tells its story

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

Italy's Capital of Culture in 2015 has 25 centuries of heritage, with new flights from the UK making it even more accessible. Simon Calder is your guide

Fount of knowledge: Kosice, gateway to Ruthenia

The lost nation of Ruthenia: A journey through no man's land

Searching for this historic country takes you through an intriguing slice of Europe. Just make sure you have your passport ready, says Simon Calder

Light relief: sunrise and sunset are 19 hours apart in Shetland this midsummer weeekend

Airline bosses in unprecedented joint assault against EU over treatment of aviation

easyJet, IAG, Air France, Lufthansa and Ryanair bosses are angry over issues including strikes and the cost of airport security

Good to go: tourists in Alanya
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Advice for those travelling to Greece

Mice searching for explosives could become part of airport security

Sniffer mice are being trained in Israel to detect explosives at airports

Rodents could help in the cat-and-mouse tussle with terrorists

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