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.
04 April 2014 05:52 PM
The South-West rail link has been repaired and re-opened but its basic problems remain
Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 four weeks on: The key questions answered in search for missing plane
04 April 2014 04:32 PM
It is four weeks since Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing during a routine flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, with 239 passengers and crew on board. Very little evidence has emerged in that time, creating a mystery that has no modern parallel. Simon Calder, our travel correspondent, has been following events closely since the first report of the disappearance of the Boeing 777, and tackles some of the key questions.
'Ladies and gentlemen, the station you’ve all been waiting for': Dawlish reopens to train passengers two months after storm damage
04 April 2014 08:24 AM
The Independent's Simon Calder becomes the first passenger to step off a train at the newly repaired Dawlish station
02 April 2014 03:10 PM
The deadliest strain of Ebola virus is spreading through West Africa. Confirmed cases in Guinea, where the outbreak began, now number 127, of whom 83 victims have died. Eight deaths have occurred in the capital, Conakry, with further cases in neighbouring Sierra Leone and Liberia.
02 April 2014 12:00 AM
Simon Calder visits the Olympic gold medallist tennis player's new Perthshire retreat to see what it serves up
29 March 2014 12:00 AM
The man who pays his way
29 March 2014 12:00 AM
Treat yourself to a weekend in a European city and you can also cut the cost of a long-haul trip. Simon Calder explains 'cross-border ticketing'
Missing Malaysian Flight MH370 Q&A: As the lawyers move in, how much compensation will be paid out – and who will be liable?
27 March 2014 01:01 PM
As the search for clues about the disappearance of Flight MH370 continues, questions are now being asked about the compensation that may be paid to the relatives of the 239 passengers and crew. We look at what factors will decide the size of the payout - and who is likely to be liable.
26 March 2014 06:31 PM
In recent months the airline has relaxed its hard-line cabin baggage allowance, reduced penalties for failing to print out boarding passes and introduced allocated seating
Missing Malaysian Flight MH370 Q&A: Has Malaysia been keeping information secret? Will they ever stop looking? And are the pilots involved or not?
25 March 2014 03:43 PM
The disappearance of a routine flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 227 passengers and 12 crew aboard remains shrouded in uncertainty. With wildly differing theories about the loss of the Malaysia Airlines jet, the MH370 mystery is becoming to the early 21st century what the JFK assassination was to the 20th. We look at the key questions – and offer some cautious answers.
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
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