By Ina Paiva Cordle, The Miami Herald Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Feb. 11--Since July, US Airways' conference room and phone lines have been abuzz, as executives have plotted every step of the carrier's expansion from Fort Lauderdale to the Caribbean and Latin America.
When flights begin this weekend, it will be the culmination of months of work involving hundreds of employees plus airport and government officials.
"When we pluck Fort Lauderdale out of the air and have to do everything right from scratch, it's like starting a new airline," said Doug Leo, US Airways' vice president of sales, distribution and international.
With its expansion, US Airways' flights at Fort Lauderdale will rise from 27 daily in November, when it last made a major schedule change, to 44 daily by the end of this month, said airline spokeswoman Amy Kudwa. The airline will connect …