Simon Calder is the Senior Travel Editor for the Independent Newspaper and one of the most recognised travel journalists in the business. Simon’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.
Simon was awarded the prestigious News Journalist of the Year in the 2017 Business Travel Journalism Awards. The prize was for an article about “callable flights”, an alternative to overbooking in the wake of the notorious United Airlines incident involving Dr David Dao. The judges described it as “a creative, excellent article”.