As vice president of government relations, Erik Hansen leads development of U.S. Travel's domestic policy agenda, and represents the travel community before the Executive Branch and Congress.

Hansen focuses on issues related to aviation, surface transportation, infrastructure and federal travel. He also served as general manager of the Connecting America Through Travel conference, which convened travel industry leaders, transportation experts and policy influencers to help shape the discussion on revitalizing America’s travel infrastructure.

Before joining the U.S. Travel Association, Hansen worked for five years as a legislative aide on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and for the office of Congresswoman Chellie Pingree. Prior to his work on Capitol Hill, he served as Field Director for the reelection campaign of Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), and worked in the government affairs office of Prudential Financial.

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Friday Check-In

Friday Check-In | March 15, 2019

March 15, 2019

In this week’s Friday Check-In, we cover important White House updates, discuss the latest in infrastructure investments and highlight our upcoming events.

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FAA Reauthorization Bill is a Positive First Step Toward a Larger Goal

October 03, 2018

On Wednesday, Congress concluded a two-year-long debate on aviation issues as the Senate joined the House in passing a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill. 

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U.S. Signs Open Skies Agreement with Grenada

April 12, 2018

On Tuesday, the United States and Grenada signed an Open Skies aviation agreement. This is good news for both the U.S. and the island nation, as the new agreement will mean lower airfares and increased tourism between the countries.

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April 02, 2018
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The U.S. travel community excitedly welcomes a new Open Skies agreement between the U.S. and Brazil, which will very likely increase travel to our country from one of the world’s top global travel markets.

March 19, 2018
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A record number of U.S. passengers will take a flight this spring. That could be great news for America’s economy—if only our airports could accommodate that increase.

February 16, 2018
Friday Check-In

In this week’s message, we address travel industry matters related to the recently enacted federal budget deal, the release of President Trump’s fiscal 2019 budget proposal and his much-anticipated infrastructure plan.


October 05, 2017
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President Trump continues to highlight his campaign promise of boosting manufacturing jobs in communities that need them. One major producer of that kind of employment? Aviation, a serious job...

September 29, 2017
Aviation Issue

The Britain-based subsidiary of Norwegian Air Shuttle, which will soon introduce new direct flights from important European destinations, received final permission to fly to the U.S. from the U.S. Department of Transportation Friday.

August 08, 2017
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Allowing the low-cost carrier to operate flights to destinations across the U.S. would be great news for flyers and our economy.