Simon Calder, The Independent

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Past articles by Simon:

‘The railways aren’t fit for purpose’ – so what do ministers propose?

Train Talk: What the passenger wants is clear – now the government has to deliver → Read More

When do I need to renew my passport for travel to Europe?

Everything you need to know about the expiry rules post-Brexit → Read More

Europe’s 90/180 rule: How long can you stay in an EU country and how does it work?

The maximum stay in most European countries is strictly limited for Britons post-Brexit, with holidaymakers only able to visit for a total of just under three months in any 180-day period. Here’s what to watch out for → Read More

Heathrow third runway will be built, insists airport boss as he heads for departures

Exclusive: ‘The last couple of years has shown just how important expansion is,’ says John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow CEO → Read More

Heathrow boss stands down after nine years in charge of UK’s biggest airport

John Holland-Kaye will stay on as chief executive until a successor is found → Read More

Three years post-Brexit, how does the travel reality match up with what we were promised?

The journey to the ‘sunlit meadows’ has not been entirely as promised → Read More

Ryanair makes £2m a day and fills 93% of its seats even in the last three months of 2022

Europe’s biggest budget airline is inviting Flybe staff who have lost their jobs to apply for roles as pilots, cabin crew and engineers → Read More

Flybe: Where are the worst-hit travellers after airline goes bust for second time?

Analysis shows Flybe struggled to fill half its seats → Read More

EasyJet air fares soar by a quarter this Easter as flight bookings surge

Britain's biggest budget airline optimistic as holidaymakers make up for lost sunshine → Read More

Airport security liquids rule – what is changing?

Three years ago Boris Johnson promised all major UK airports would have advanced CT scanners at security checkpoints by 1 December 2022 → Read More

How did Britain’s big four airports do in 2022?

Plane Talk: Stansted is closest to pre-pandemic passenger numbers, while Heathrow is back at 2001 levels → Read More

Train strikes: New offer to be made to unions

Pay hike likely to be 10 per cent over two years with ‘driver-only operation’ proposals watered down → Read More

Heathrow still one-quarter down on pre-pandemic flights during 2022

Britain’s busiest airport warns Covid testing could set back recovery of aviation → Read More

48 Hours In Chania: hotels, restaurants and places to visit in Crete's second largest city

Welcome the start of the summer on Greece's largest island → Read More

Britain’s ferry link with Brittany is 50 years old

Deck Talk: Brittany Ferries, which started when the UK joined Europe in 1973, is still sailing strong → Read More

Heathrow passengers warned of ‘disruption, delays and potential cancellations’ as 72 hour strike is called

10 airlines could be affected: Aer Lingus, Air Canada, American Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Egyptair, Finnair, Lufthansa, Qantas, Swiss and TAP Portugal. → Read More

New rail operator to launch quicker Cardiff-London trains

Grand Union will take on Great Western on rail route between Cardiff and London → Read More

Are rumours that Spain will relax the 90 day rule true?

Simon Calder answers your questions on EU regulations, Singapore dining and the billions in travel vouchers people are sitting on → Read More

Fingerprint and face checks at EU border to take British travellers ‘up to four times longer’

Exclusive: Entry-Exit System that UK asked to be subject to could cause serious snarl-ups at ports and airports → Read More

EasyJet flying high after Covid crisis

Over the coming Christmas, fares are 18 per cent higher than in 2021 – with some half-term ski flights soaring to over £1,100 return → Read More