Sultan Thaha Airport (IATA: DJB, ICAO: WIPA) is an airport in Jambi City in the Jambi province of Indonesia. Located in the Paalmerah 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.
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.
In 2012, the runway will be expanded to 2,400 meters long and 45 meters wide (later 2,600 meters) to accommodate up to equivalent Boeing 757 from previous Boeing 737. An Instrument Landing System will also add to enable incoming aircraft make a perfect landing in bad weather and upgrade the airport as international airport in 2012.
On 12 December 2011 the grounbreaking of expansion terminal phase-1 has been done for capacity of 1.5 million passengers per year (phase-2, TBD). Today, passengers has touched 1 million, while the capacity of the terminal is only 300,000 passengers per year. The terminal will be expanded from 2,308 square meter to 13,015 square meter.