Former British Airways Executive Steven Clark allegedly received $5 million for help securing ground handling contracts at New York JFK and other British Airways stations in the U.S. Clark headed Terminal 7 operations at JFK.
According to court filings and statements made by prosecutors, between 2011 and 2016, Kinsella allegedly paid more than $5 million to Clark for the purpose of influencing Clark’s conduct related to his position at British Airways. British Airways leases JFK Terminal 7 from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (Port Authority). Under this arrangement, British Airways selects service providers, such as GSI, that work at Terminal 7. Clark oversaw British Airways operations in the Americas and Asia, as well as British Airways operations at Terminal 7.
New York JFK Terminal 7
The New York Attorney General alleges that Clark received “up to $18,000 per month for his promotion and protection of [the ground handling company] within British Airways” and was also given a 5% stake in the company which was cashed out for $3.6 million when it was sold to dnata.
Ground handler GSI “was subsequently awarded contracts to provide lucrative ground handling services at Chicago and JFK Airport. After 2007, British Airways awarded GSI ground handling contracts at other airports in the United States as well as further expanding GSI’s duties at JFK.”
The indictment also alleges that the British Airways executive took more than $500,000 in payoffs “from another airport vendor for the purpose of influencing Clark’s conduct related to his position at British Airways” receiving $7730 a month for non-existent consulting services.
I’m actually somewhat sympathetic to the defendant here because New York JFK is, after all, owned by the Port Authority of New York New Jersey and it’s I think it’s reasonable to assume that’s just how business is done there.