Flights from Armenia are being added to the expanding Ryanair network.

The former Soviet republic becomes the 40th country to be served by the no-frills carrier.

Flights from the capital of Yerevan start in January to Milan and Rome.

These will be followed in summer 2020 by routes from Yerevan to Berlin and Gyumri, the second largest city in the country, to Memmingen in Germany.

Ryanair’s schedule from Armenia is expected to handle 130,000 passengers a year.

Chief commercial officer David O’Brien said: “These four new routes will further promote Armenian tourism.

“We look forward to developing new Armenian traffic growth, new routes, and jobs in the coming years.”