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The airline with the fewest delays (according to numbers gathered by Travel & Leisure) is Hawaiian, but unless you're traveling to Hawaii you won't be able to enjoy their lovely 89.5% on time average. Thankfully other top contenders are a little more accessible, however, with Pinnacle and Southwest bringing in the top 3 with 83.4% and 83% averages respectively. (See the complete best and worst airlines list here.)
As for airports, Salt Lake City (SLC) is the #1 place to leave from (or to stop over at, as the case may be) with only 12% of their flights experiencing delays or cancellations. Portland (PDX) comes in at number two with 15%, and both Washington D.C. (DCA) and Minneapolis/St Paul (MSP) score 16% and so are tied for 3rd. (See the complete best and worst airports list here.)
Unfortunately geography often limits what options are available to travelers, but with these numbers in mind you can make the best choice and avoid as many frustrating inconveniences as possible. And in case you're wondering (which I'm sure you are) the single worst airline for delays is Comair with only 70.1% of its flights arriving on time, and the single worst airport is a three-way tie between Philadelphia (PHL), Atlanta (ATL), and Washington D.C. (IAD) all with 22% delay averages.