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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The last contact with the Boeing 777 MH370 took place at 1.19am, local time

Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

It is a year since the aircraft disappeared, but investigators remain hopeful of finding it

The first northbound Virgin East Coast service, the 8.45am to Aberdeen, leaves King's Cross

Virgin takes over the East Coast main line

Trainspotters and passengers will initially see little difference compared with the East Coast Trains franchise - all frontline staff are being kept on

Drift away: ferries offer an alternative to the stress of airports

10 great ferry routes: From Santander to Stornoway, ships to take you the extra nautical mile

Ireland's sunshine coast, a great day out on the Isle of Man, and no frills Portsmouth-Santander

Kuala Lumpur remains a world-class stopover city en route to Australia

Chief executive of Malaysia Airlines: The toughest job in travel?

Malaysia's national carrier has been beset by tragedy in the past year

Kim Allen, from Lytham St Anne’s in Lancashire, said: “For the airline to try to put cases on hold yet again over the same issue just seemed wrong. Hopefully it’s now time for the airlines to pay us what the law says they should.”

Airlines told they cannot keep flight-delay compensation claims on hold

'Hopefully it’s now time for the airlines to pay us what the law says they should', says Kim Allen

The Global Cabin Air Quality Executive said the only long-term solution was the bleed-free cabin design used in the Boeing 787

Aerotoxic fumes: Campaigners warn over toxic cabin air after pilot’s death

Coroner is investigating the death of a 43-year-old BA pilot Richard Westgate

Now the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, whose main economic driving force is Cancun, has decided to fall into line with the eastern US by creating Mexico’s fourth time zone

The Mexican state of Quintana Roo has just moved into a new timezone

The man who pays his way

Place to pause: linger at Seiano station in Italy

Understanding Britain's trains: Life for new arrivals is not always easy

The man who pays his way

United said that “an error a third-party software provider made when it applied an incorrect exchange rate”

United Airlines facing wave of legal claims after it cancels thousands of mistake fares

Flyers thought they had bought first class London to America tickets for just £50

Class warrior: La Compagnie chief Frantz Yvelin

La Compagnie: Can business-class-only work?

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Greece debt crisis: EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

An outbreak of malaria in Greece four years ago helps us understand the crisis, says Robert Fisk
Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas
How to survive electrical storms: What are the chances of being hit by lightning?

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What are the chances of being hit by lightning?
World Bodypainting Festival 2015: Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'

World Bodypainting Festival 2015

Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'
alt-j: A private jet, a Mercury Prize and Latitude headliners

Don't call us nerds

Craig Mclean meets alt-j - the math-folk act who are flying high
How to find gold: The Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge

How to find gold

Steve Boggan finds himself in the Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge
Singing accents: From Herman's Hermits and David Bowie to Alesha Dixon

Not born in the USA

Lay off Alesha Dixon: songs sound better in US accents, even our national anthem
10 best balsamic vinegars

10 best balsamic vinegars

Drizzle it over salad, enjoy it with ciabatta, marinate vegetables, or use it to add depth to a sauce - this versatile staple is a cook's best friend
Greece says 'No': A night of huge celebrations in Athens as voters decisively back Tsipras and his anti-austerity stance in historic referendum

Greece referendum

Greeks say 'No' to austerity and plunge Europe into crisis
Ten years after the 7/7 terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?

7/7 bombings anniversary

Ten years after the terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?
Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has created

Versace haute couture review

Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has ever created
No hope and no jobs, so Gaza's young risk their lives, climb the fence and run for it

No hope and no jobs in Gaza

So the young risk their lives and run for it
Fashion apps: Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers

Fashion apps

Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers
The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'