Sultan Thaha Airport
Sultan Thaha Airport is an airport in Jambi City
Jambi (city)
Jambi is a city in Indonesia, capital of Jambi province, on the island of Sumatra. The city is a busy port on the Batang Hari River and an oil- and rubber-producing centre...

 in the Jambi province of Indonesia
Indonesia , officially the Republic of Indonesia , is a country in Southeast Asia and Oceania. Indonesia is an archipelago comprising approximately 13,000 islands. It has 33 provinces with over 238 million people, and is the world's fourth most populous country. Indonesia is a republic, with an...

. Located in the Paalmerah
Paalmerah is a town in the Jambi Province of Sumatra, Indonesia. It is located 2.8 miles from the town of Jambi ..Nearby towns and villages include Kinati , Muarakumpe , Sungaiterap , Talangpelempang , Tempino , Muarabahar .The town has an airport, Paalmerah Airport which serves the city of Jambi...

 suburb of Jambi it has 73 flights departing per week for short haul destinations and 42 medium sized aircraft departing each week. This airport is named after Sultan Thaha, the last Sultan of Jambi.


In colonial times Jambi Airport was built by the Dutch and Japanese by the name of Airport Paalmerah. The name comes from the peg Paalmerah made of stone to determine the location of the airport boundary That Is attached by the Dutch and then given a name in red paint. In the 1950's after Indonesia proclaimed its independence, Jambi airport began to publicly airport by Departmental Agency of Civil Aviation, at the time the dimensions of the runway is 900m x 25m with construction of gravel and the Largest aircraft in operation is the Douglas DC-3
Douglas DC-3
The Douglas DC-3 is an American fixed-wing propeller-driven aircraft whose speed and range revolutionized air transport in the 1930s and 1940s. Its lasting impact on the airline industry and World War II makes it one of the most significant transport aircraft ever made...


Departmental Agency of Civil Aviation in 1970 changed the nomenclature to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and Airports Pallmerah Became Technical Implementation of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation in Jambi Province. In 1976 the construction of the runway extension into 1650m x 30m. Dated October 10, 1978 Paalmerah Airport renamed Jambi Sultan Taha Airport is derived from the name of one local hero Jambi. In this year carried out the installation of a Runway Visual Aid Light, vasi, CCR, REILS.

Mid-1978 the nomenclature changes Airports Jambi Sultan Taha Sultan Taha Airport into Jambi. Year 1991 is the construction of a runway extension to 1800m x 30m. Approach in 1998 Executed the installation of Light and in 2000 again made a runway extension to 2000m x 30m. Along with technological development in 2005 carried vasi replacement and installation of PAPI.

January 1, 2007 transfer of the Operational Management of Sultan Taha Airport jambi WHO Previously managed by the Technical Implementation Unit of the Department of Transportation and is now managed by PT Angkasa Pura II
Angkasa Pura
PT. Angkasa Pura is a state enterprise of the Indonesian Department of Transport that is responsible for the management of airports and air traffic services in Indonesia. PT. Angkasa Pura is made up of two parts: PT Angkasa Pura I & PT Angkasa Pura II.Angkasa Pura I has its head office in Jakarta...

, while The Largest That aircraft served the B737-400
Boeing 737 Classic
The Boeing 737 Classic is the name given to the -300/-400/-500 series of the Boeing 737 following the introduction of the -600/-700/-800/-900 series. They are short- to medium- range, narrow-body jet airliners produced by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. The Classic series was introduced as the 'new...

. Since managed by PT (Persero) Angkasa Pura II has been planned runway extension to 2220m x 30m and has been operated now.


In 2012, the airport will be expanded to 2,400 meters long and 45 meters wide to accommodate up to equivalent Boeing 758 from previous Boeing 737. An Instrument Landing System
Instrument Landing System
An instrument landing system is a ground-based instrument approach system that provides precision guidance to an aircraft approaching and landing on a runway, using a combination of radio signals and, in many cases, high-intensity lighting arrays to enable a safe landing during instrument...

 will also add to enable incoming aircraft make a perfect landing in bad weather and upgrade the airport as international airport in 2012.

Airlines and destinations

Accident and incident

  • On 27 August 2008 a Sriwijaya Air
    Sriwijaya Air
    Sriwijaya Air is an airline based in Jakarta with headquarters in Central Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia. It offers domestic flights to major cities in Indonesia and limited International destinations...

     Flight 290, a Boeing 737-200
    Boeing 737
    The Boeing 737 is a short- to medium-range, twin-engine narrow-body jet airliner. Originally developed as a shorter, lower-cost twin-engine airliner derived from Boeing's 707 and 727, the 737 has developed into a family of nine passenger models with a capacity of 85 to 215 passengers...

    overran the runway. There were eleven injuries and no fatalities. The injured include a farmer and his family who were hit by the plane.
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