India is maintaining its suspension of international passenger flights until mid-July but will consider allowing certain routes to resume on an individual basis.

The country’s civil aviation authority says in a statement posted on Twitter that scheduled commercial international passenger flights to and from India will remain suspended until 23:59 local time on 15 July.

However, it adds that international flights “may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis”, raising the possibility that air bridges with certain countries are under consideration.

India suspended all scheduled passenger flights at the end of March as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Domestic flights in the country resumed on 25 May but airlines are restricted to operating at less than 30% capacity.

Civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on 21 June that international flights would only restart when domestic traffic reached 50-60% of pre-Covid-19 levels and when other countries loosened travel restrictions.