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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British Airways' airplanes sit on the runway at London City Airport on March 17, 2010 in London, England

Bangkok cheaper to fly to than Benidorm at half-term after surge in Mediterranean air fares

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The man who pays his way

Frank Jensen, the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen

Lord Mayor of Copenhagen accuses Ryanair of 'social dumping' and bans staff from flying with company on official business

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Firemen trying to extinguish the flames after a Airbus A400 military plane crashed near Seville on 9 May

Seville plane crash: Software fault could be to blame for disaster

The A400M crashed near Seville on 9 May, killing four of the Airbus crew - two engineers who were also on board survived, and are being treated in hospital

British Airways plane takes off from London City Airport on 17 March, 2010

Hole on runway causes chaos at London City airport

Thousands of passengers left stranded

Thomas Cook apologises to parents of the children who died on holiday in Corfu

'I, on behalf of Thomas Cook, want to reiterate our deepest sympathy and sorrow.'

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