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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It's oh so quiet!

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'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
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From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
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One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
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'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
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One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
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Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

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