Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas will reopen for commercial flights on Thursday and St. Croix's Henry E. Rohlsen Airport may open next week, Gov. Kenneth Mapp said Monday in his daily news conference.
With damage to their infrastructure in both districts, Viya officials said Monday that they are working as fast as possible to make repairs. "We're talking about thousands of poles that are down," Viya spokeswoman Jennifer Matarangas-King said.
Tracking down what businesses are and are not yet open amid storm cleanup, unreliable utilities and general chaos throughout the territory. Some Virgin Islanders have harnessed the power of the crowd and of social media.
A St. Croix man has become the seventh fatality as a result of the two category 5 hurricanes to pummel the territory in the last two weeks, Gov. Kenneth Mapp said. Mapp also promised harsh penalties for looters on St. Croix.
Cardinal Sean O’Malley, a former bishop of the Virgin Islands, has used the passage of two hurricanes to recall his years in St. Thomas and the experience of another catastrophic storm that affected the territory during his tenure, Hurricane Hugo.