India's IndiGo testing software, in-flight messages for passenger safety

FILE PHOTO: A person is seen inside an IndiGo airlines ticketing office at Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport in Mumbai

BENGALURU (Reuters) - Interglobe Aviation, which operates India's budget IndiGo airlines, has run trials on a new software related to passengers' safety and comfort, and is evaluating its in-flight safety announcements, the airline said on Friday.

The airline is planning to launch another trial in the next two to three weeks for the safety and comfort-related software it tested, for its Airbus fleet, it added.

A week back, an IndiGo flight headed to the northern Indian city of Jammu was forced to land in the city of Amritsar -- roughly 210 kilometres (130.5 miles) away by road -- after turbulence and adverse weather conditions in Jammu.

The focus on air turbulence and passenger safety has taken centre stage after severe turbulence encountered by a Singapore Airlines flight last week that resulted in the death of one passenger and injured dozens of others.

Internationally, flight crews have been urging passengers to have their seatbelts fastened at all times to protect themselves.

IndiGo said it developed situational in-flight announcements for situations such as turbulence and inclement weather.

"These include mist in the cabin, prohibition of mobile-use during strong weather conditions, delay in take-off, interrupted service and operational diversions," the carrier said in a statement.

It did not specify what aspect of safety or comfort the software would aid with.

(Reporting by Varun Hebbalalu in Bengaluru; Editing by Janane Venkatraman)