Read Delta CEO's Letter to Employees On Ending NRA Discounts

Read Delta CEO's Letter to Employees On Ending NRA Discounts

Delta Air Lines says it will look into ending all its discounts with groups that appear to be "politically divisive".

Georgia lawmakers made the decision to eliminate the tax breaks after Delta said it would no longer offer NRA members discounts.

The move capped a week in which Delta joined other USA companies in cutting business ties with the NRA after a shooting last month at a Florida high school, in which 17 people were killed.

A Delta spokesperson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the discount, which gave a price cut to members flying to their annual convention, was only used on 13 tickets.

Following Delta's action, Republican Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, an NRA ally, promised to kill any tax exemptions for the airline in the state budget - a tax break worth at least $38 million for Atlanta-based Delta. The state legislature responded by voting to remove a large tax break that benefited Delta.

Bastian also dismissed the possibility of Delta relocating its headquarters out of Atlanta - an option offered by governors in multiple states that approve of Delta's stance, such as Washington and NY. That's extremely unlikely, but speaks to just how much damage could follow from Georgia's use of tax policy to side with the NRA against business.

In his memo, Bastian sought to strike a balance - voicing support for the Second Amendment while saying it wanted to remove any "implied affiliation with the NRA".

The exemption had been expected to save airlines about US$40 million, with Delta seeing the largest benefit as the state's dominant carrier.

Cagle said Wednesday on Fox News that he didn't think it was right for Delta to "single out the NRA, and their membership, law abiding gun owners".

"Corporations can not attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back", tweeted Cagle, who is also running for governor.

Thursday, Georgia lawmakers passed House Bill 918 by overwhelming margins after removing the exemptions.

Bastian added that Delta is reviewing and reconsidering discounts for other politically divisive groups.

Delta CEO Ed Bastian isn't backing down.

This week, you have likely seen Delta in coverage of the national debate over gun control and security in USA schools.

"We had to send a message", said state Sen.

However, following the shooting a high school in Parkland, Florida which claimed 17 lives, Delta made a decision to drop ties with the organization which led to an angry backlash from prominent Georgia Republicans. In a statement, he said: "Businesses have every legal right to make their own decisions, but the Republican majority in our state legislature also has every right to govern guided by our principles".

"That is not the case", Mr. Bastian wrote.

"I will be a governor that's going to be committed to economic prosperity, recruiting the kind of jobs that we want here in the state", Cagle said.