Delta and United rescinded their group discount offer for NRA members. United is based in Chicago and everyone expects gun violence there. Delta took a lot of heat for their position and tried to walk it back claiming they weren’t really taking a position on the issue.
The state legislature dropped an attempt to repeat the jet fuel tax that would have been a big subsidy for Delta. This was signaling to GOP primary voters.
Delta sets up discounts for meetings and events and for group travel in addition to offering corporations discounts in exchange for commitments of their travel and association discount deals. They just refused to do so any longer for the NRA, then claimed that was their not taking a position with the political climate in Georgia not wanting to remind anyone of this old button right now (because the event was held in Atlanta).
With the Republican primaries over and scrutiny passed, Delta gets the fuel tax dropped at least until the new legislative session convenes, and likely beyond. The outgoing Governor has suspended the tax administratively.
The 2019 General Assembly, which convenes in January, will decide whether to bless that decision or reinstate the tax. Deal cited the same code section to suspend the jet fuel tax that Gov. Sonny Perdue used to stop motor fuel taxes from rising at the start of the Great Recession.
The code section states, “The Governor may suspend the collection of taxes, or any part thereof, due the state until the meeting of the next General Assembly but no longer; but he shall not otherwise interfere with the collection of taxes.”
Delta’s CEO Ed Bastian says “allow us to invest additional flights into Georgia in the years to come.”
Oh the irony that Delta could use subsidised fuel to potentially open a flight to India, bypassing a Gulf hub, or resume Dubai service. https://t.co/o5ofs0I91r
— Will Horton (@winglets747) July 31, 2018