US Airways is expecting to announce that it is building a mini hub at Ft. Lauderdale airport. The hub will quintuple their presence at the south Florida airport while allowing the carrier to expand into Caribbean and Latin American markets such as San Salvador and Panama City. It’s a fascinating move for an airline that has no cash to spare, mainly because of the costs associated with launching new routes and making them profitable. Only American Airlines has any sizable service to Latin America from Ft. Lauderdale, so the opportunity is there. If US Airways can get its financial house in order (a big IF), this hub will give them a nice base to build from—without the intense lowfare competition faced on domestic routes.