It appears that Delta Airlines gave up a $40 million tax break over a mere thirteen passengers, according to a Friday report.
A spokesperson for the Atlanta based company revealed that only 13 passengers had used their National Rifle Association membership to purchase tickets with Delta Airlines, reports USA Today
The airline company confirmed that number to The Daily Caller News Foundation Friday afternoon.
Georgia Republican lawmakers passed a bill Thursday that removed a tax break on jet fuel that would have heavily benefited Delta in response to the cancellation.
The CEO of the airline company doubled down on the decision to cancel the discount program with NRA members Friday, saying that the company had not been thinking of “economic gain” when it decided to do so.
“Our objective in removing any implied affiliation with the NRA was to remove Delta from this debate. Our decision was not made for economic gain and our values are not for sale. We are in the process of a review to end group discounts for any group of a politically divisive nature,” CEO Ed Bastain said in a statement.
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