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 greatest mystery in aviation history remains unsolved

MH370 has been declared an accident – what are the consequences?

Simon Calder answers the key questions

Pan-American Adventure: a Dragoman trip in Patagonia

How to spend your pension on travel

With the rules for withdrawing your money set to change this year, Simon Calder suggests some trips worth splashing out on

The jet is thought to have crashed in the Southern Indian Ocean

MH370: Malaysian government declares disappearance of jet an 'accident' and says everyone on board is 'dead'

Civil aviation chief breaks news with 'the heaviest heart and deepest sorrow'

British Airways' changes to its loyalty scheme is bad news for economy-class passengers, whose earning power will plummet

Anger as British Airways ‘devalues’ air miles

Economy-class passengers will earn fewer points under radical changes

Scotrail train travels through snow covered country side near Lenzie, Scotland

The National Rail Passenger Survey: Best and worst of Britain’s railways revealed

Rail travel through the Scottish Highlands is the best-loved in Britain

70.5 million passengers streamed through Dubai airport last year

Heathrow loses busiest international airport crown to Dubai

Dubai handled 70.5m international travellers to Heathrow's 68.1m in 2014

If you have already booked your holiday, there is no obvious reason why you should cancel (Simon Calder)

Inside Travel: Greece 2015 Q&A - should we cancel our Greek holiday? Are our flights safe? And what will we be spending there?

The election in Greece has triggered more political and economic instability in the euro zone, and great uncertainty about the year ahead. Around two million British holidaymakers visit the country annually. Should they reconsider? Simon Calder answers travellers’ concerns.

Weather NYC: Thousands of transatlantic travellers face serious disruption caused by New York winter storm 'Juno'

A dozen outbound flights from Heathrow to New York, Philadelphia and Boston have already been cancelled

Flight movements at Heathrow have reached their effective limit at 1,290 per day

London leads as the world's top airline hub by a wide margin

A record 144.7m passengers flew through London’s five commercial airports last year

Check your check-in: some long-haul BA flights are to move from Terminal 5 (above) to 3

Heathrow and Gatwick: Terminal confusion at London's airports

Double-check your departure before flying, says Simon Calder

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