Max Beck, Lindsay Fox lure airline giant to Melbourne

The Suites at 30 English Street contains several sub 100 square metre tenancies.

ILG Aviation Australasia, a subsidiary of Delhi based Group Concorde, has chosen a business park being established by billionaires Max Beck and Lindsay Fox, to establish its national headquarters.

Dutton One opened at Essendon Fields last quarter.

The airline service management provider to the logistics industry is starting small – leasing a 50 square metre suite at 30 English Street, Essendon Fields.

The office will serve as a base for a network of representative local bases, in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney.

Management chose Essendon because ILG’s Australasian regional director, Hiran Samarasinha, with a different company, decades ago had an office at Essendon Airport, finding the location “ideal”.

“We think Essendon Fields is a great location with its easy access to the Melbourne CBD as well as the airport within such a short distance,” the industry veteran of over 40 years, added.

The business, with partnerships with Philippine Airlines and Kuwait Airways, entered the Australian market last quarter as an independently operated GSSA service provider.

It has also recently committed to a New Zealand office, at Auckland.

Essendon Fields is about 10 kilometres north west of Melbourne’s CBD (story continues below).

Part of ILG’s Essendon Fields tenancy.

Another Essendon Fields deal

The Essendon Airport leasehold was bought by Max Beck and Lindsay Fox in 2001, who have been replacing parts of the 305 hectare holding with the commercial mixed-use project, Essendon Fields, also the brand of the entity constructing and leasing it.

To date, retail developments include the DFO shopping centre, a bulky goods precinct and numerous car yard tenancies – one opened last month for Dutton One, and another set to trade from later this year trading Audi and Cupra, Zagame makes here.

There is also a Hyatt hotel and numerous offices, one occupied as Linfox’s headquarters.

Essendon Fields has in-house leasing; Sian Gunson handles 30 English St, a relatively small commercial investment, rising just two floors.

Also known as The Suites, other parts are occupied by animal nutrition group ADM Australia, Tohme Lawyers, aircraft charter provider, Chapman Freeborn and Apprenticeships Support Australia.

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