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Simon Calder: Sir Howard Davies has tight-rope walked the line between Cameron and Boris over airport expansion

Ruling out all Thames Estuary options at this stage would have fuelled that political battle rather than allowing the Airports Commission diligently to evaluate each of the three short-listed options

Standstill: Gatwick trains are due to be disrupted

Simon Calder: Welcome to Gatwick. Now get lost

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African skies: Tourists have flocked to Cape Town in the post-apartheid years

Simon Calder: How Nelson Mandela gave South Africa back to the world

Something to Declare

Christmas lights: Wow vouchers fly you to Iceland

Simon Calder: The gift of travel – with strings attached

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Simon Calder: The gift of travel – with strings attached

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Simon Calder: Norway pushes the boat out for ferry holidays

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Canada fly: WestJet will link Dublin and St John's

Simon Calder: 10 years after Concorde – newfound landings

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Eastern promise: the future is private for the flagship line

Simon Calder: On track, on time – so why change trains?

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Stall stars: the city's Christmas Market

48 Hours In: Birmingham

Simon Calder gets into the festive swing with a weekend in the city at the heart of England

Wild frontier: the only crossing between Russia and Norway

Simon Calder: New frontiers in low-cost travel

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Walk the line: Waverley Station in Edinburgh

Simon Calder: At last! A new way to get to Waverley

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Easy listening: chief executive Carolyn McCall

Simon Calder: Take off – with the class of 1961

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Waiting game: travellers can seek redress for delays

Airlines face new claims for late flights

A judgment on one heavily delayed journey may allow thousands to seek compensation, says Simon Calder

Uneasy situation: passengers stranded at Gatwick this week

Simon Calder: Grounded at Gatwick? You have rights ...

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Left luggage: pack your bags (or not) to Barcelona

Simon Calder: The alien language of Planet Travel

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